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Social networking website and events club CitySocialising and leading overseas development agency CARE International UK and are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting partnership, aiming to bring sociable, young London professionals together in support of the charity’s work.

Recent research undertaken by CARE International’s in-house Challenge fundraising events team – which has been running a series of record-breaking exciting outdoor Challenge teambuilding events for business professionals for over 12 years - has shown that socially, almost 90% of CARE Challenge participants take part in these events in order to meet new people and have fun with like-minded others, while the same percentage have made new friends through taking part.

Nevertheless, the CARE Challenge team recognise that for enthusiastic individual fundraisers, it can sometimes be a challenge in itself getting a team of committed colleagues together to take part in an outdoor fundraising challenge in the first place. Partnering with CitySocialising has offered the perfect solution, since the site already offers an established highly successful portfolio of social and networking events for urban professionals in London and across the UK.

CARE Marketing Manager Ilaria Ida, explained: “Well over 50% of our participants live or work in London and the South East, and we’ve discovered that about two thirds of them regularly use social networking websites such as Facebook or MySpace – and mainly to keep in touch or connect with people. CitySocialising sits very well with our own remit of bringing sociable people together for a great cause and having fun at the same time, so it seemed a natural partnership for us. The social networking phenomenon is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people, and therefore the ideal platform for creating awareness for our events and being part of something special.”

CitySocialising founder and Managing Director, Sanchita Saha, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a great cause and to provide our members, and those who have found us through CARE, with a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for charity and meet new friends in such an exciting way. Although initially London-based, we’ve recently launched CitySocialising’s highly successful networking format in several other major cities around the UK and we’re looking forward to the prospect of extending our partnership with CARE nationwide.”

It is envisaged that the partnership will help CARE Challenge raise over £1m for CARE’s overseas work via their portfolio of 12 tough outdoor events, and to celebrate its launch, CitySocialising will be hosting a series of informal information evenings in London from January, offering the opportunity for people to find out more about CARE Challenge and CARE International, and even sign up to a specific CARE Challenge with other guests on the night. CARE representatives will be on hand to answer questions members might have. The first of these is due to take place on Wednesday 30th January 2008, at Bar Potion in central London.

The 2008 CARE Challenge events portfolio, based primarily in the UK and Europe, include the classic 3 Peaks Challenge – a tough 24-hour challenge open to teams of 4-6 walkers tasked with climbing the UK’s 3 highest stand-alone mountains (Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales). Also on offer are their increasingly popular 3 Peaks Challenges in the Republic of Ireland and Spain – the latter aimed at serious mountain bikers, incorporating Europe’s longest mountain bike descent – and the CARE London to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Readers can find out more about CARE Challenge by visiting www.carechallenge.org.uk, or the forthcoming CitySocialising CARE Challenge information evening by visiting www.citysocialising.com/charitychallenges.

For more information please contact: Helen Stoddart, CARE Challenge PR & Communications Executive, on 020 7934 9414 or stoddart@careinternational.org. Sanchita Saha, CitySocialising 020 8766 0060 or Sanchita@citysocialising.com

Notes to editors
About CARE
1. CARE is one of the world’s largest aid agencies, working in almost 70 countries to fight poverty and helping more than 55 million people every year. Our long-term programmes tackle the deep-seated causes of poverty and we are always among the first to respond when disaster strikes. We remain with communities to help them rebuild their lives long after the cameras have gone. Visit www.careinternational.org.uk for more information.

2. The Challenge Team at CARE have been running mountain-based Challenge events for thirteen years. Companies that took part in 2007 include: PwC, Deloitte & Touche, Sir Robert McAlpine, Taylor Woodrow, Barclaycard, Hugo Boss, Marks & Spencer, Legal & General, Transport for London, Docklands Light Railway, and many more. For details of our 2008 events please visit www.carechallenge.org.uk.

2008 CARE Challenge event dates are as follows:
29 March - CARE Adventure Race
26 April - BP Adventure Challenge - for BP employees
10-11 May – CARE 3 Peaks Ireland Challenge
7-8 June – CARE 3 Peaks Challenge supported by Computer Weekly – for the IT sector
21 June - Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge – for the fashion & retail sector
28-29 June – CARE 24 Peaks Challenge supported by Lexicon Partners
6 July - Starbucks Adventure Challenge – for Starbucks Partners
12-13 July – Kaplan 3 Peaks Challenge – for the finance, accountancy and law sectors
17-19 July – CARE London to Paris Cycle Challenge
6-7 September – CARE 3 Peaks Challenge supported by Square Mile Magazine
11-14 September - CARE 3 Peaks Spain Challenge
28th September – CARE Adventure Challenge for the Entertainment Industry

About CitySocialising
1. CitySocialising is a social networking site and events club for young, city professionals keen to connect, network and socialise with like-minded others, expand their real-world social networks and make the most of their city's social scene.

2. Operating across nine major cities across the UK, CitySocialising provides a winning combination of online social networking features and offline social events and activities, to their 13,000+ members, geared towards connecting professionals and those new to a city with a new network of like minded friends and contacts. Contact Sanchita Saha on 020 8766 0060 for more information. Visit www.citysocialising.com.
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