A recipe for change

To borrow the famous quote from Mother Theresa, “It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

One of the most striking elements of the annual Children’s Walk is seeing just how much energy and effort employees put into fundraising activities every year.

Employees like Lucia Erniawati, Access, Communications & Health System Value Strategy Chapter Lead at PT Roche Indonesia.

Luci’s fundraising speciality is cooking – she prepares huge vats of her family-recipe beef and chicken curry, which she then sells to raise funds for the Children’s Walk. It must be a good curry – Luci is regularly the top fundraiser in Indonesia.

“I'm passionate about the Children’s Walk because it reminds us that no matter how small our contribution is, if we do it together, especially with our colleagues from all over the world, we can create an impact and make a difference in children’s lives.”

The funds raised by Luci and her colleagues have been used for a range of local projects, such as supporting a foundation which provides shelter, school and medical support for underprivileged children who undergo cancer treatment.

“Cancer treatment can take months or years and mostly available in big cities. This makes it challenging for children with cancer who live in many different islands of archipelagic country of Indonesia to access it. Supporting them through Children’s Walk means giving a chance for children to have better care, better future,” she says. "It is just one example of how the funds from the Children’s Walk result in real action, to help change the future of children for the better.”

In her 27 years at Roche, Luci is proud to have been involved in several catalysts for change throughout Indonesia. These range from an effort to rebuild healthcare centres after a large earthquake in 2018, and a programme to reduce the percentage of children affected by childhood stunting (a significant issue in Indonesia and many low- and lower-middle-income countries) from 38% to 14% by 2024.

“We have seen the impact of Children’s Walk for the society in the last two decades, especially for vulnerable children, so let’s keep going and make a change for them,” she says.

Luci is one of more than 328,000 Roche employees to have raised over CHF 22 million in donations for children’s projects around the world.

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