Amnesty International UK (AIUK) has received a donation of £1 million from Dame Anita Roddick and Gordon Roddick towards the organisation’s new Human Rights Action Centre.
The donation is the latest contribution to AIUK’s capital appeal to fund its new Human Rights Action Centre. Anita and Gordon Roddick will donate £500,000 worth of shares to Amnesty International UK this year, and match this with a similar donation next year making a total of £1m donated.
Amnesty purchased the premises at New Inn Yard, London EC2 for £4.6m in November 2002 following a searcg lasting more than five years. The human rights organisation plans to move from its two existing office premises in Islington to the new building in late 2004.
Dame Anita Roddick said: “I passionately believe that successful businesspeople should contribute to organisations that are helping make the world a better, safer, more civilised place. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because only the truly myopic don’t recognise that a more just world is better for both the soul and the bottom line.”
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