Roche employees at more than 120 company sites around the world have been showing their solidarity with children in need by raising funds through sponsored walks. The donations will be used to support day-care centres for orphans and educational initiatives in Malawi, as well as children’s charities in their own countries. In Lebanon, Roche organized a walk at the Rene Mouawad Garden in Beirut in support of the Nawaya Network.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Roche Children’s Walk. Over 132’000 walking employees have participated over the years and joined efforts for a common cause. With the donations raised, Roche was able to support to date 17’000 orphan children in cooperation with ECPP (European Coalition of Positive People) and UNICEF Switzerland.
“The Roche Children’s Walk is a sustainable, long-term philanthropic project and each year an important event in our calendar,” said Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche. “Thanks to the continued support of our employees, we have been able to touch and improve the lives of many children who are in need and have to rely on the assistance of others. Because we know that the projects make a real difference, Roche doubles the amount of money raised,” he Severin added.
Abed Al Rahman Sabra, Country Manager of Roche Lebanon stressed on Roche’s vision to create a unified global community committed in developing the hidden potential of disadvantaged youth around the world. “Since we launched the annual Children’s Walk in Lebanon, the funds raised have helped to implement and support projects run by The Nawaya Network, a local NGO that empowers disadvantaged youth by connecting them to various resources to develop their talents and passions to ultimately empower them to shape their future,” he added.
Since Roche also assumes all walk and funding administrative expenses, no donations are spent on bureaucracy or fundraising costs. External audits ensure that all funds are used to benefit the children.
A representative group of employees who have led the fundraising are given the opportunity to travel to Malawi to see first-hand how the funds are used to help support and improve the lives of the children.
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