Roche Children’s Walk 2020
A very different year! Our global Roche Children’s Walk project was supposed to take part on 16 June 2020. Due to the situation at the time, we advised affiliates to do what was right in the current situation in their country. What happened next was beyond unexpected. Our employees across the globe came together in digital and innovative ways to continue to raise funds for children around the world.
The Roche Children’s Walk is our company’s annual signature employee project. At Roche, we believe that children in need everywhere deserve a helping hand towards a brighter future. Employees fundraise for global projects through Re&Act as well as local projects in over 60 countries where we operate.
Since the first company Walk in 2003, more than 230,000 Roche employees have raised over CHF 19 million in donations for children’s projects around the world. In 2020, employees across 133 sites in 63 countries participated in a virtual Walk and other fundraising activities.
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.
new children benefited from the Child to child initiative through the school readiness programme in Ethiopia
learners are benefitting from an improved school environment through the living schoolyard transformation project in Malawi
learners in 100 schools now have access to safe water in Malawi
students are benefitting from new school buildings and a new computer lab in Cambodia
parents and caregivers are reached daily by the parental education radio programme in Nepal
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.
In 2021, the Roche tradition continues. Employees across the world are organising a fundraising campaign to improve the lives of children in developing countries and those closer to home.
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.
It is not about raising or donating a certain amount, it's about being aware, getting involved and supporting the cause. The Roche Children's Walk isn't limited to colleagues, but you can involve your community of friends and family as well.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Selam Children’s Village
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.
Aiducation International is a non-profit/for-impact organisation founded in 2007 focusing on education by providing merit-based secondary school scholarships to bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries such as Kenya and the Philippines.