BAE Systems Launches New Charity Partnership With Macmillan
1 Nov 2006 - Farnborough, United Kingdom. - Employees across BAE Systems in the UK have been celebrating the launch of a new charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support today. The partnership is run as part of Charity Challenge – an employee fundraising scheme which has raised more than £32 million for national and local charities since its inception in 1989.
A range of fundraising activities has taken place at various BAE Systems facilities across the UK – all with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Employees have run juice bars, made fruit smoothies and run fancy dress competitions with a fruit theme!
Dick Olver, Chairman of BAE Systems said: “The enthusiasm of our staff in supporting charities is infectious and I’m really looking forward to supporting the Charity Challenge effort and helping to raise funds for Macmillan.”
Jason Suckley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan, said: "We are very excited that employees at BAE Systems have chosen to support Macmillan Cancer Support. Their charitable and fundraising efforts through Charity Challenge, the company-wide fundraising and volunteering programme, will help support Macmillan’s vital work.
“One in three of us will get cancer. 1.2 million of us are living with it. Many of the Charity Challengers will know someone affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. That is why their efforts are so important in helping Macmillan improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan strives to improve cancer care"
The Charity Challenge scheme was started in 1989 and operates across more than 100 of BAE Systems’ wholly-owned and joint-ventured facilities including those in the United States, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Sweden. The company matches funds raised for partner charities, and also gives the charity £50 for every day ‘spent’ by employees volunteering their own time. The total company contribution is £1 million over any Charity Challenge period. Over the next 18 months, BAE Systems will be working with Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK, The Australian Cancer Council and The Alzheimer’s Association in the United States.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan strives to improve cancer care – www.macmillan.org.uk
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