Roche Children’s Walk 2021

Stronger together!

The Roche Children’s Walk is our largest employee-driven fundraising event. We had a record year in 2021—with over 26,000 people from 138 sites across 60 countries taking part—surpassing by far the 18,000 participants from last year!

At Roche, we believe that children in need everywhere deserve a helping hand towards a brighter future. Employees fundraise to support projects through the legally independent global charity Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), as well as local projects in over 60 countries where we operate.

Since the first company Walk in 2003, more than 274,000 Roche employees have raised over CHF 21 million in donations for children’s projects around the world.

Why we do it

Employees fundraise for global children’s projects relating to education, nutrition, primary healthcare and social development. Employee donations are company matched and used to support children’s projects across the globe through the legally independent charity, Re&Act.

2021 Impact

4421

displaced children due to civil war enrolled in school activities in temporary learning spaces in Ethiopia with UNICEF

4000

students are benefitting from new school buildings, computer labs and scholarships in Cambodia with Child’s Dream

3050

school girls received education and supplies for menstrual hygiene management in Malawi through Unicef

110

orphaned children and impoverished youth received schooling, housing, and vocational training in Ethiopia with Selam Children’s Village

2079040

parents and caregivers reached by parental education livestreamed programme in Nepal with UNICEF

We are proud of our impact, but we know many more children are still in need. For more information on Re&Act, visit our website.

Our participants

In 2021, once again, we succeeded in bringing employees together, either in-person or virtually, to fundraise and help children in need.

  • Rather than traveling, we made a donation to the “Freiburg Association for Children with Cancer”, a local NGO partner, and took a virtual visit to Cambodia. This approach was perfect for me.

    Alexandra Schwemmers Roche Pharma Germany
  • The purpose of this programme is so noble. Children need love and support. With our donation, we can contribute to bringing them hope in life.

    Konan Assiry Roche Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
  • To join the Children's walk is an easy step but our joint impact is significant!

    Irma van der Woude Roche Netherlands
  • Supporting Roche Children's Walk is not only about raising funds, but it is also about translating our commitment to improve children's lives and at the same time it's strengthening our bonding as Roche family.

    Lucia Erniawati PT Roche Indonesia
  • The Roche Children’s Walk is an opportunity to increase value of children treatment in the right time with right treatment for their future well-being.

    Anna Goshko Roche Ukraine
  • Every contribution makes a difference in a child’s life. Our contributions are being used to support projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which makes us part of a larger effort toward making the world a better place.

    Dorinda Apenteng Roche Pharma Ghana
  • What moves me in particular is the strong will of the children supported by Roche Children’s Walk. Even if they have a difficult environment, they want to study. Education can change lives and futures.

    TaeGun Kim Roche Diagnostics South Korea
  • The success of the childhood development projects is the sustainable approach - with full commitment of the local communities including parents and caregivers. Helping people to find their own solution is certainly the best way to act in a long-term perspective.

    Sophie de Leiris Roche Diagnostics France
  • “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
  • 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

Join us

If you are a Roche employee, you can register at your affiliate and take part by: donating, walking, running, dancing, singing, baking and participating in many more exciting fundraising opportunities.

Here are some examples of fundraising done by the affiliates.

How to donate

If you are not a Roche employee, you can sponsor an employee or donate via our website.

Roche Children's Walk is managed by Corporate Donations & Philanthropy and organised locally by affiliates worldwide. All administrative costs are covered by Roche.

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:

Child’s Dream

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Child's Dream Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization founded by Daniel Siegfried and Marc Jenni in 2003. The foundation is dedicated to empowering marginalised children, youth and communities in the Mekong Sub-Region of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.

For more information, please visit the Child’s Dream 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.

Selam Children’s Village

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Selam Children’s Village is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization which provides care and support to orphan children in Ethiopia, so that they holistically develop and become self-reliant. Selam Children’s Village provides quality education in its educational institutions, Technical and Vocational College which benefits the orphans and youths and the surrounding community.

For more information, please visit the Selam Children’s Village website.