The RWC Covid-19 response initiative
Everyone at RWC had the opportunity to choose a charity local to them to support via fund raising or direct donation, with every pound or dollar given being tripled by the organisation. Funds raised went to local hospices, suffering from funding crises, so they can still function when needed most; to charities supporting education, that keep fuelling hope and inclusive prosperity; and to emergency funds, supporting struggling families with housing, food and medication.
The Felix Project
A team based in our London office each ran 5K every day of June for the Felix Project, which takes surplus food from suppliers and delivers it to any charity that helps feed people. It’s all nutritious and would otherwise go to waste. Not only that, but it helps fight food poverty and reduces costs for hardworking organisations.
Operation Helping Hands
A group of RWC Miami people also ran 5k a day throughout June, raising money for the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Operation Helping Hands. This is a collaboration of funders and corporate partners who have joined efforts to establish the Miami Pandemic Response Fund. Helping the Miami community through the hardships of Covid-19, the fund supports struggling families with emergency needs including rent/mortgage assistance, food, and medication, as well as issue micro-grants to small businesses.
The RWC Singapore team ran and walked over 1,000k in 30 days to raise money for HOME. HOME provides essential support for Singapore’s migrant workers, a particularly vulnerable group within our community who have been especially hard hit by Covid-19.
The RWC Risk, Performance and Analytics team ran a total of 750km in 30 days to raise money for Crisis. Crisis is a leading UK charity for homeless people. Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, Crisis staff have been on the frontline helping a particularly vulnerable group of people into safe accommodation, supporting their health and wellbeing, and remotely providing a consistent point of assistance and comfort in these uncertain times.
Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice
Russell Champion, portfolio manager of the RWC European and UK Equity team, cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats over nine days in August for the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. Russell undertook this challenge with his brother in law Rob, in loving memory of Russell’s Auntie, Rachel Gormley (Rae Rae). The Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice offered Rachel and her family a caring and friendly home in a time of need. Rae Rae sadly passed away last year and her ashes are scattered off the cliffs in Polzeath, Cornwall. Russell and Rob are looking forward to visiting her resting place en route
Huan Ke, RWC’s General Counsel, attempted the handstand t-shirt challenge. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, please see SpiderMan actor Tom Holland having a go here! Huan did this to raise money for Protection Approaches who run educational workshops to equip London school children with the understanding they need to reject all forms of identity-based violence. Covid-19 has not only impacted the physical and mental health of individuals, it has also affected local communities from a social inclusion and solidarity perspective. Outbreaks create fear, and fear is a key ingredient for racism and other forms of identity-based discrimination to thrive.
Flora Scott, RWC Marketing, ran 100k in 10 days for Cransley Hospice. The Cransley Hospice provides a whole spectrum of care for people in her local community and beyond with life-limiting illnesses
Cathy Boorer, RWC European Focus Fund, asked friends to donate to Suicide Crisis in lieu of presents for her 50th birthday in April, chosen because of the especially tough situations that people might find themselves in during the Covid-19 pandemic. RWC have tripled all funds raised as part of the RWC Covid-19 Response Initiative
Queenborough Emergency Food Bank
Craig Butler, RWC Operations, has been drumming up support for his local food bank. During the Covid-19 outbreak Queenborough Town Council opened an emergency community food bank to help vulnerable residents, families and those requiring help. The Queenborough Emergency Food Bank has received £2,715 in funding in the last ten weeks. Over £200 per week has been spent on food since the crisis began, with 200 plus food parcels delivered. More recently the Queenborough Emergency Food Bank has received additional requests as people are unable to return to work or returning on reduced hours. Due to these factors and the continued demand of food parcels, the food bank is appealing for further funding with only £628 left available to the bank.
Sakina Tumi, RWC Marketing, ran a solo half marathon in August for ReachOut. Sakina has been mentoring with ReachOut for three years and so has first-hand experience of how this charity supports young people from disadvantaged areas; poorer students in the UK are almost three full years behind those from wealthier socio economic backgrounds. Through their two one-to-one mentoring programmes, the ReachOut Club and ReachOut Academy, they help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds build their character, confidence and academic skills, and set them on the path to go on to live happy and successful lives.
St Demetrios Greek School
Nick Daniel, Head of Trading at RWC, ran 5k a day for 30 days to raise funds for St Demetrios Greek School. The school provides its local community, both young and old, with education on Greek language and culture. It has been unable to hold usual fundraisers this year due to Covid-19, and so is in great need of funds to help with the maintenance and running of the school and allow it to continue its valuable work in the local community.
RWC’s Emerging & Frontier team based in Miami, London and Singapore have chosen an organisation in Miami to support, Breakthrough Miami. John Malloy, RWC Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager, and his family have supported Breakthrough Miami for over a decade through donations, teaching, fundraising initiatives, swim lessons, 5K fun run, ambassador and general volunteer programs. With the Covid-19 crisis, the communities that Breakthrough services are under tremendous economic stress. The team participated in a run/cycle/walk event on August 16th.
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