Save The Children Chosen As Global Challenge's Official Race Charity For The Fourth Time
Challenge Business is delighted to announce that Save the Children has been chosen for a fourth time as the official race charity for the Global Challenge round the world yacht race, which sets sail in September 2004.
The Global Challenge Races have generated over £2 million for the international charity since the event began in 1989, with over £1 million raised through the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 alone.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of Save the Children is also Patron of the Global Challenge races, organised by Sir Chay Blyth's Challenge Business.
Since the last race, the funds raised have been used to support Save the Children's long-term projects for health, education and poverty relief around the world, working towards creating a healthy, happy, secure future for the world's children.
During the previous challenge the Crew Volunteers ran fundraising activities in countries as far away as Canada and Borneo, New Zealand and Sweden. Along the race route, money was raised for Save the Children in each port of call and funds collected were used by the local Save the Children office to support their local projects.
Sponsors of the race - during the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 these totaled more than 150 - were also a key part of the fund-raising efforts, with Serco, one of the yacht sponsors, allowing it's yacht to be liveried with Save the Children's branding.
This not only increased public awareness of the issues facing children around the world, but it also improves international relations by uniting Britain with other countries in a common cause.
Mr. Kim Darton, Head of Corporate Fundraising for Save the Children comments: "Save the Children has been very fortunate to be the charity benefiting from the Challenge races and so far, over £2 million pounds have been raised in support of our vital work. We are very proud to have been chosen as the official race charity of the Global Challenge 2004 and are looking forward to working with Challenge Business, their sponsors and the Crew Volunteers to make this race a huge success for the communities we work in around the world."
In the past, the Global Challenge Races have given Crew Volunteers an opportunity to increase their own awareness of the work of Save the Children by visiting projects along the race route. "In Buenos Aires, we visited four schools where Save the Children provides support for local people to set up schools for children from some of the poorest areas..…I will certainly never forget what it was like to witness first hand, something that we normally only see on the TV from the comfort of our own homes,"
said Neil Gray, Serco Legger, Save the Children.
Simon Walker, Managing Director, Challenge Business comments: "Challenge Business decided to support the efforts of Save the Children once again as we feel it is one of the most beneficial charities there are helping thousands of children around the world, by tackling core issues such as child rights and the eradication of poverty.
"Fundraising for Save the Children also adds another dimension to the 'challenge' element of The Global Challenge for all those involved.
"Crew Volunteers will not only be motivated and united in their goal to win the race, but they will also be focused as a team towards raising money and awareness for the charity".