TEAM OF C&W MEMBERS CLIMBS THE KILIMANJARO FOR
“SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD”
A team of 15 C&W professionals will soon take the challenge of climbing the Kilimanjaro.
Their goal is double: promote and fund “Schools around the world”, the charity created by
former CEO of C&W John Travers.
15 participants, 2 challenges
On the one hand, 15 C&W professionals coming from 10 different countries across
Europe will participate to an expedition to the top of the Kilimanjaro in early August.
Culminating at 5,895m, covered with ice and snow, the Kilimanjaro is the highest summit on the
African continent. The completion of the expedition will take about 10 days. The participants
will follow the Lemosho Glades Route, a distant, solitary and quite exhausting road, which will
make it easier for them to progressively acclimate to the heights. The expedition will be
supervised by the British climber Rhys Jones, who reached Mount Everest’s top on his 20th
birthday and holds a world record as youngest “Seven Summiteer” (having indeed climbed the
seven highest continental summits).
In addition to this, each participant will take responsibility in the collection of funds
(+/- 100,000 euros) helping SATW to make the difference in the everyday life of unfortunate
Our country will be represented by Gregory Lamarche. Not only does Gregory follow an intense
and thorough physical and mental training; he’s also fully involved in the collection of
donations which will bring additional support to the SATW project aiming at the construction of
schools in Tanzania (see here below). A.S. Adventure has already sponsored Gregory through the
provision of the necessary equipment implied by such an expedition.
Harry Farthing, Managing Partner for C&W Italy will share his knowledge as an
experienced climber by leading the expedition. Liz Bunce, Partner and Head of HR EMEA along
with Simon O’Reilly, Partner and Head of Client Solutions, will also join in this extreme
Boris van Haare Heijmeijer, Partner at C&W and member of the SATW board, comments: “It
is brilliant to see how our professionals support our charity. The fact our people spend their
own time and money in this project, demonstrates that solidarity did not totally disappear from
this world. This expedition involves a great deal of preparation, and I’m delighted to see they
fully devote themselves to it”.
Schools Around the World
“Schools Around the World” (SATW) is a non-profit organisation and a registered
charity founded in 2005 by the late John Travers, former CEO for the EMEA region at C&W.
SATW is seeking to widen the horizons and expectations of young people between 11 and 25 whose
perspectives are being limited by their family situation, or social and financial injustices.
The prime target of SATW is the help less fortunate children to develop their personal
potential and professional awareness. These goals are reached through:
- cultural and social journeys in their countries of origin, or abroad;
- internships, workshops (resume writing, interview conduction, etc.) and work experiences
developing their professional awareness (at C&W or one of its clients);
- physical challenges and activities stimulating the development of team spirit.
Of course, all these activities are organised by C&W professionals.
SATW only relies on donations. Every year, a percentage of C&W’s benefits goes directly
to the fund. Contributions also come from C&W employees, and external donators.
SATW in Europe
John Travers founded SATW after a first charity project with the Lilian Baylis
Technology School (LBTS) in Lambeth, one of London’s poorest quarters. This was the first
school to be adopted by SATW and to benefit ever since from its continuous support. Since 2005,
12 organisations and schools followed, in Poland, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Belgium,
Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In addition to this, a series of successful
programs and cultural experiences were launched, aiming to help pupils during their education
or their preparation to professional life, as to develop their general development and learning
Along with those adopted schools, SATW launched punctual initiatives, among with the
construction, by volunteers, of a Music Therapy Room in the Cottolengo orphanage in Italy, for
children with a heavy handicap. For some of them, music is their strongest link to life.
SATW in Belgium
The Belgian headquarter of C&W has a partnership with the Athénée Royal
d’Ixelles. On a regular basis, sportive, cultural or professional initiatives are being taken
in order to raise funds or to concretely help the students in their studies or in their job
School project in Tanzania
John Travers’ dream was to build a school in Africa someday. His dream has now
become reality with the construction of a boarding school in Miona, Bagamoya district,
Tanzania. Structures for education are very limited in the country, as the government only has
poor means to develop them. Even the existing schools are often in bad condition.
Boris van Haare Heijmeijer and Jennie Travers, widow of John, are leading the project, and
settled in October 2009 the necessary contacts with local authorities, helped in their
endeavour by Simon Uforosia Mlay, Ambassador of Tanzania in Brussels, and also responsible for
the country’s relations with Benelux and Europe.
In the meantime, construction works have already started. A 12-classsroom school (each
classroom designed to welcome about 30 students of the 5th and 6th years of high school) is
being built on a 40 ha piece of land. In addition to the classrooms, 3 labs, a library, a
computer room, a dormitory, a dinner hall with kitchens, a first-aid room, and small residences
for the teachers are on their way as well. The school will also foresee sportive facilities for
football, basketball, handball, volleyball and netball.
How Can You Help?
SATW fully relies on donations. To sponsor this Kilimanjaro expedition and, through it,
the SATW project in Tanzania, donations can be made on Gregory Lamarche’s website: http://gregeverydamnday.wordpress.com (or
SATW and Social Media
The expedition can be followed through the SATW Twitter account, or its Facebook page
(SATW-Kilimanjaro 2010”. The physical preparations and collected funds are discussed by the
participants on their respective blogs.
– SATW – Kilimanjaro 2010
blog of Belgian participant Gregory Lamarche.