Roche employee and mother walking with her two daughters and dog in support of the Roche Children’s Walk, the company’s charity event.

A walk like never before

Employees didn't let COVID-19 stop their biggest charity event

The Children’s Walk is a longstanding tradition at Roche that brings employees together to raise money for local and global children’s charities. Year after year, colleagues gather at their local site to spend some time together, walk, and raise money for a good cause. 2020 was different.

At first, the plan was to postpone or even to cancel the Walk as to not put more pressure on colleagues helping to fight the pandemic by developing tests and medicines. And then one-by-one colleagues said that the walk had to happen.

Employees from 133 sites in 63 countries found creative ways to come together virtually to support children from all over the world who need our support more than ever. Here are some of the stories of how local leaders at Roche made the Children's Walk happen despite the odds.

Social distance in the desert: Tucson, USA

Darlene Buhrow not only built a programme that kept the walk alive, but one that could be shared and used across Roche.

“With the COVID-19 restrictions, we shook off the sense of defeat and came to the decision that while an in-person Children’s Walk could not happen we could make the event virtual, encouraging employees to walk apart, but together in spirit.”

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Big country, big impact: Shanghai, China

Just four months after joining Roche, Rita Lin took on the role of coordination of the Roche Children’s Walk in over 20 sites across China.

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Custom art for the kids: São Paulo, Brazil

Guilherme Queiroz did not expect to start an international art auction.

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A cross-country relay race: Brussels, Belgium

Colleagues walked, ran and cycled 2,185km, covering the length of the country over seven times!

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It makes me feel good to participate in the Roche Children’s Walk each year. It is the core of what we do in Roche.”
Guilherme Queiroz Human Resources and Communications Manager, Roche Diabetes Care Brazil

For the kids at home: Lagos, Nigeria

Team Nigeria wouldn’t let COVID-19 stop them from supporting the children at Heritage Homes.

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Better than before: Jakarta, Indonesia

Rahma Setianingrum fulfilled her promise to support YKAKI, despite the pandemic, and even raised more than in previous years.

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Keep on walking

Brien Mahoney knows first hand how all of our yearly efforts and deeds are directly bettering individual lives.

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Tags: People, Society, Philanthropy, Sustainability