Roche Children's Walk 2017

Walk today for a
better tomorrow

At Roche, we believe that vulnerable children everywhere deserve a helping hand towards a brighter future. That's why, on 14 June, 2017, our employees around the world will join forces for the annual Roche Children's Walk.

Since the Walk started 14 years ago, over 200,000 Roche employees have raised CHF 15.4 million in donations to be used for children’s projects around the world. Last year, 144 sites in 72 countries participated in the Walk - our company’s signature employee project.

Building a better tomorrow

Why we do it

At Roche sites around the world, employees raise awareness and funds for the children most in need of support, and the company matches all contributions 1:1. Money raised goes to initiatives in more than 90 communities for efforts related to education, nutrition, primary healthcare and social development.

The majority of funds are channelled through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity. Re&Act partners with a variety of non-governmental organisations to support children’s programmes in developing countries, such as in Malawi, one of the least developed countries in the world.

In Malawi, over 50% of the population lives below the international poverty line and 530,000 children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Roche Children’s Walk efforts have supported long-term, sustainable change in Malawi since 2003 by constructing schools, classrooms and orphan centres; supporting university and college graduates; and providing food and clean water.

Impact in Malawi since the 2016 Roche Children’s Walk

4

early childhood development (ECD) centres built

8

existing ECD centres improved

2

primary schools received food gardens and training

5000

school children and teachers taught about sustainable environmental approaches

320

teachers enrolled into a training college powered by Re&Act and UNICEF

We are proud of the impact we have made on individual lives, but we know there is much more to do. Many more children are still in need. For more information about projects supported and efforts of Re&Act, visit our website.

Our participants

For the 14th time, Roche employees in more than 72 countries around the world are organising a fundraising campaign to improve the lives of children in Malawi and those closer to home.

  • I was so impressed by the partners we support in Malawi. They are really trying to work with local people to create solutions, improve the quality of life and change mindsets about the value of education.

    Rose Brady Roche Ireland
  • “Zikomo” was the most frequent word I heard in Malawi. It means “thank you” in Chichewa. I felt an overwhelming sense of recognition and gratitude that can only encourage us to do more!

    Sirine Mahmoud Roche Tunisia
  • Our last day as Roche Children’s Walk ambassadors in Malawi was very emotional. We all knew there was so much more work to do. In 2017, I will walk again and challenge my colleagues to beat me as top fundraiser.

    Edward Armstrong Roche USA
  • I have never seen such poverty, while at the same time I have never seen such hope. Everyone we met in Malawi shared with us their hope for the future and for their children.

    Gunesh Auchoybur Roche Mauritius
  • 2.4 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, 5.4 million have no toilet at home and 47% of schools have inadequate toilet facilities. I wanted to do something about it. Children's Walk is a great cause and I am proud to be part of it!

    Aiman Naseer Roche Canada
  • It is not about raising or donating a certain amount, it's about being aware, getting involved and supporting the cause. The Children's Walk isn't limited to colleagues, but you can involve your community of friends and family as well.

    Sergiu Serban Roche Germany

Join us

If you are a Roche employee, you can register at your affiliate to take part in the Children's Walk, or sponsor a colleague.

How to donate

If you are not employed at Roche, you can support the Roche Children's Walk too. You are welcome to dedicate your funds by sponsoring a Roche employee you know. Simply contact them or go to our website to make a donation.

Roche Children's Walk is managed by Corporate Donations & Philanthropy and organised locally by affiliates worldwide. Roche covers all expenses so that no donations are spent on administrative or fundraising costs.

Our partners

Re&Act ensures responsible and effective use of the donations. Re&Act supports children’s projects in developing countries with experienced and trustworthy non-governmental organisations such as:

ActionAid Malawi

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ActionAid Malawi is a non-governmental national development organisation that was founded in Malawi in 1990. It is a member of the South Africa-based international federation of more than 40 national ActionAid organisations. While supported by this network, ActionAid Malawi is an entirely local non-governmental organisation that operates and makes its decisions independently and is managed exclusively by local employees. It is focused on fighting poverty and is active in 12 of Malawi's 28 districts. ActionAid Malawi specialises in helping rural and particularly isolated areas through long-term programmes. Involving local communities and fostering their sense of ownership are a particular focus of its work and part of its consistent approach. In its role as a consultant to the Malawian government, ActionAid Malawi gives this often marginalised segment of the population a voice in the capital city of Lilongwe.

Our collaboration with Action Aid Malawi is made possible through a partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation, which has a broader comprehensive early childhood initiative in Malawi.

For more information, please visit the ActionAid Malawi website.

UNICEF

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Founded in 1946 and mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF advocates for the protection of children's rights, helps children across the world meet basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Working in 190 countries and territories to translate the commitment to the wellbeing of children into practical action, UNICEF focuses special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information, please visit UNICEF's website.