It’s now under six months till New Year and the Manx Wildlife Trust has published of its calendar for 2015.
Showcasing spectacular Manx wildlife and scenes, the calendar has been sponsored by PokerStars through its corporate giving programme, Helping Hands.
Sue Hammett, PokerStars’ head of corporate giving, said: ‘Giving back to our communities and supporting our people has been at the heart of PokerStars since we first began and Helping Hands focuses our charitable activity on those two key areas of our business.
‘We were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the Manx Wildlife Trust’s 2015 calendar, given that all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to fund the charity’s vital work to benefit the wonderful wildlife of our island.’
To promote the sponsorship arrangement, the Manx Wildlife Trust recently held a photographic competition for PokerStars’ local staff.
The two winning images – ‘Fantastic Fungi’ by Zandi Dezman, senior manager, planning and reporting, and ‘Snow in Laxey Valley’ by Lynne McMenemy, director of people pelations – both appear in the calendar.
Zandi’s photo was taken one morning early in 2013, in the hills north above Crosby, when the vivid orange fungi really stood out against the dark winter landscape.
Taken in March 2013 during that month’s heavy snow, Lynne’s photo shows the view from the Mines Footpath in Agneash looking east towards the Laxey valley.
The Manx Wildlife Trust thanked PokerStars for its support and Zandi, Lynne and everyone else who has allowed their images to be used in the calendar.
The calendar is available now from the Wildlife Shop in Market Place, Peel, and various other local outlets.