In the UK, Europe and around the world many CBRE people are involved fundraising events and challenges of every description. We value these efforts highly and do much to facilitate and support them. This might mean allowing time off work for fundraising, making a financial contribution or donating resources.
In October 2009 we became a Founding Partner of LandAid, committing £30,000 over three years to the charity. LandAid prides itself as being the property agency charity, reaching out to disadvantaged young people in the UK.
In March 2010 CBRE chose to partner with Habitat for Humanity as part of our corporate responsibility programme. Habitat for Humanity remains a strong force in supporting local communities worldwide.
In 2011 alone our people in the UK raised around £130,000.
Some recent employee fundraising
CBRE's Central London team go green for charity
Members of CBRE's Central London team recently spent a day volunteering at the Haven House Children’s Hospice in South Woodford.
The volunteers spent the day working hard around the grounds of the hospice; removing plants and turning soil in the children’s play area, pruning bushes, cutting back ivy and painting the walls of the Sensory Garden.
Siobhan Songour, Corporate Fundraising Executive for Haven House Children’s Hospice said: “It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you all and I’m very much looking forward to working with you all again on future projects."
Haven House provides planned and emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to around 150 life-limited and terminally ill children and young people from birth to 19 years old, who are unlikely to reach adulthood. They help families in providing a specialist range of community services that include day care, short breaks and end of life care.
On the 1st-3rd July 2011, four teams from CBRE took part in the Hope Challenge, raising over £11,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
The CBRE employees undertook a variety of challenges over the course of the weekend, including:
• Building and living in a shelter from recycled/recyclable material for two nights
• Skyline challenge – walking up to three courses over up and down hills and totalling nearly 24 kms
• Orienteering and problem solving course
Habitat for Humanity aim to improve living conditions throughout the world, working on assisting those displaced through natural disasters and re-housing people living in squalor. They work in partnership with many organisations to try to offer everyone a home.
The weekend was one of the many H4H projects/events that CBRE support.
London to Amsterdam Cycle Ride
On 28 April 2011, a team of 74 cyclists including CBRE employees from around the UK business, members of CBRE’s Amsterdam office, clients, family and friends began an intrepid journey from London to Amsterdam, to raise money for three charities.
The team, who cycled on average almost 90 miles per day over four days, raised almost £30,000 for the Osmani Trust (a London youth charity), Back Up Trust (a charity for spinally injured people) and Street Kids International (a charity providing training programmes for youth workers around the world).
CBRE employees run the distance for the ‘Lifeline for Lifeboats’ Challenge
Employees from CBRE offices across the UK have collectively completed the ‘Lifeline for Lifeboats’ Challenge, a company-wide fundraising event held during April in aid of Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
The team had to collectively cover 1,407km – the distance from the RNLI rescue sites at John O’Groats to Lands End – on a running machine or cross-trainer at their local participating gym.
A total of 264 CBRE employees took part from across the UK, each spending no more than 30 minutes on their chosen gym equipment. The team covered a total distance of 1,435 kms, raising £25,000 for the RNLI.
The funds raised will be used to purchase essential crew kit for RNLI volunteers at seven rescue sites throughout the UK.
A New ‘Feet’ for CBRE Pedal Power – CBRE London to Paris Charity Cycle Ride 2010
Over the first May bank holiday 2010, more than 40 CBRE cyclists took of from Paternoster Square on Friday 30 April and, despite nearly missing the ferry crossing, 13 hour days and more than 500km, they all arrived safely in Paris by lunchtime on Tuesday 4 May. The team have raised well over £20,000 for charities, Rainbow Trust, Shelter, Age Concern and World Land Trust. The London to Paris Ride was the first of its kind and a huge success. The group of 41 cyclists returned smiling and ready for the next destination to be announced. Well done to all who participated.