"We are proud to have more sites participating in Roche Children's Walk than ever before," said Severin Schwan, Roche CEO. "Our employees come together every year to support sustainable, philanthropic projects. Such projects improve the lives of young people in communities where we operate and in areas of the world considered some of the most vulnerable."
Funds from Roche Children's Walk contribute to a variety of non-governmental organisation (NGO) programmes, including those in developing countries such as Malawi - one of the world's poorest countries. Since last year's walk, in Malawi Roche employee funds built four early childhood development (ECD) centres and improved eight existing ECD centres as part of a four-year collaboration with ActionAid Malawi to improve the well-being of 4,300 children and build the capacity of 240 caregivers (ECD teachers). Also in Malawi, a two-year pilot project with UNICEF was initiated which focuses on increasing food security and sustainable environmental approaches by involving students at 70 schools in the design and creation of "school food gardens".
About Roche Children's Walk: A day powered by employees
Roche Children's Walk is the company’s signature worldwide employee project. Since the first company-wide walk in 2003, more than 200,000 Roche employees have participated and raised over CHF 15.4 million.
All money collected by employees is matched by Roche and used to support children’s causes in communities around the world. Funds are applied to local NGOs or channelled through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity.
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