We’re delighted to announce our Charity of the Year partnership with SOHK (School of Hard Knocks) for 2022, which will help to fund life-changing programmes for both children and adults across the UK. SOHK uses sport to help those who are affected by issues such as unemployment, mental health, and crime, among others. We’re really excited to be working with such a fantastic cause and will be organising and participating in a variety of fundraising events throughout the year with the goal of raising as much money as possible for them (fingers crossed!).
The story and history behind the School of Hard Knocks is pretty fascinating and expressive which is yet another reason why we are very pleased to be partnering with them. In 2007, Ken Cowen, the CEO of School of Hard Knocks, was working for a training provider in Liverpool when Knowsley council approached him for innovative ideas to help young men who had been unemployed for a long time due to the proceeds of petty crime. This journey then created School of Hard Knocks, an eight-week course designed to help these men contribute positively to society by giving them a sense of self-worth and efficacy. The charity now helps over 750 adults and children each year with many incredible success stories. If you would like to learn more about SOHK’s mission or would like to contact them for more information, visit their website here.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Quartz have chosen SOHK to be their ‘Charity of the Year’ – or in this case, two years! Quartz have been along to our End of Dry January lunches for a while now and know us well, but this really elevates the relationship and we look forward to doing some fun stuff together this year and crucially raise some funds to help sustain the work of the charity.”
Ken Cowen, CEO of SOHK
“We recognise the critical role charities play and are thrilled with our new partnership with SOHK, which will allow us to reach and help many adults and children in the UK. We believe that by working together, we can make a lasting impact while also providing our colleagues with a great cause for fundraising across the many exciting events we have planned throughout 2022. We can’t wait to start our partnership and raise much needed funds for SOHK.”
Bill Arnold, Director of Quartz
Last of all, keep an eye on our social media pages for updates on how we are trying to help.