Pan-European C&W team to climb Kilimajaro for its ‘Schools around the world' charity
23 Jul, 2010, Prague
In August this year, a team of 14 Cushman & Wakefield employees will set out to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in support of the firm’s registered charity, Schools Around The World (SATW). Every participant aims to collect one thousand euros in sponsorship for SATW.
The aim of SATW is to support young people whose opportunities are limited by their domestic, social and financial circumstances. Since its foundation in 2005, a total of 12 schools or organisations across Europe have been adopted by SATW. In the Czech Republic, it co-operates with the School for Children with Hearing Difficulties in Prague’s Radlice district. The project aims to encourage young people to seek further education and to enhance their personal development.
The SATW Kilimanjaro trek is an opportunity to raise awareness of and funds for the Schools Around The World charity, and to further develop relationships with the adopted schools.
“We have been co-operating with the School for Children with Hearing Difficulties for four years and are delighted that we are able to help directly. The programme has been supported not only by our employees, but also by their children, who are excited to join the events too,” says Jonathan Hallett, Managing Partner of Cushman & Wakefield’s Czech and Slovak operations.
The organisation has contributed to the School for Children with Hearing Difficulties in Prague by, for example, co-financing a week-long stay of 11 pupils in Norway, where they met students of an associated school attended by children with the same type of handicap. Furthermore, it has financed the year-long “Choose Your Vocation” project, which provides practical presentations of specific professions and aims to help 8th and 9th grade pupils with selecting their secondary school or apprenticeship. In the winter, it contributed to a skiing tuition trip, which would not have taken place without the financial assistance, as well as numerous other activities.
The SATW Kilimanjaro trek is expected to take approximately 10 days. One of the leaders will be the British climber Rhys Jones, who reached the summit of Mount Everest on his 20th birthday and claimed the world record as the youngest Seven Summiteer (i.e. summiting the seven highest continental peaks).
“As we emerge from a financial crisis that has affected the entire world, we remain more committed than ever to taking SATW forward across our EMEA region. What is really exciting about this climb is that we have a truly pan-European Cushman team and whilst we range from experienced climbers, trekkers to complete novices, we all share a common aim, which is to achieve this challenge and by doing so champion SATW and make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people in all of our countries of activity,” says Harry Farthing, Managing Partner of Cushman & Wakefield’s Italian operations, who is leading the Kilimanjaro climb.
As a non-profit organisation, SATW, a registered charity, relies entirely on donations. To donate money to SATW, please visit www.satwdonate.org. Or you can donate directly at the C&W Prague office.
Schools Around the World - Background:
Schools Around The World was founded by Cushman & Wakefield’s late senior partner, John Travers, following his charitable work with a school in one of London’s most deprived districts. It became the first school to be adopted under SATW. Since 2005, new relationships have been formed with schools in Poland, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
In addition to working with its adopted schools, SATW has undertaken a number of one-off projects including the design and construction of a music therapy room at the Cottolengo orphanage in Italy for seriously handicapped children and the construction of a secondary boarding school in Tanzania, where school provision is severely limited. For more information about SATW, please visit www.satwdonate.org
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