GIVING BACK

There is a strong tradition of community activity across Belron in all of our business units and we feel that the best way for us to make a difference is through local strategies driven by the passion and energy of our people.

Our businesses are responsible for selecting and managing their community initiatives and charitable partners, so choosing a strategy that best reflects their local needs. As a result we believe there is a greater sense of personal involvement and achievement amongst employees.

Through the work and the efforts of our people, we are able to support charities on a local and national scale through donations and assets such as computers, as well as creating opportunities to fundraise, volunteer and share skills.

 

 

Making a difference by coming together

We recognise the impact that we can have a global community by working together to raise money. Since 2002 Belron employees from around the world have raised over €5.5 millionby coming together to take part in the annual Belron Triathlon in aid of South African charity, Afrika Tikkun.

With the roots of the company firmly in South Africa it was felt that the right thing to do was to give back to the communities there. Afrika Tikkun is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its many programmes and their Community Centres of Excellence, helping to break the cycle of poverty. 

The charity supports over 19,000 beneficiaries annually in townships near Johannesburg and Cape Town and they employ 600 staff from the local communities. To find out more about Afrika Tikkun’s work please visit their website.

The Spirit of Belron Challenge

The Spirit of Belron Challenge, which comprises of activities all over the world in support of charitable causes and local community organisations, has seen events taking place across the business.  These activities engages our people with their local charities and provides them with a tangible demonstration of how their support makes a difference. Through all these activities in 2015 Belron supported over 250 charities and involved over 10,000 employees raising over €1.6m. 

The Spirit of Belron Challenge event, which takes place every September at Dorney Lake, Windsor, sees Belron employees, families, friends and business partners from the Belron businesses taking part. People have the opportunity to take part in a triathlon (either as a individual or in a team relay), a duathlon, a half-marathon or a 5km fun run / walk. The event is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world, and to raise funds for the Belron global charity partner, Afrika Tikkun.

Safelite AutoGlass USA – Safelite Foundation – paving the way for stronger communities

Established in 2005, the Safelite Foundation is aimed at supporting organisations that promote the health and well-being of families through monetary and in‐kind contributions and volunteer hours. The activities employees are involved in include volunteering for local community programmes such as meals on wheels and Habitat for Humanity; blood bank donations and making charitable grants to organisations throughout the United States including American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs and Mid‐Ohio Food Bank.

O'Brien Glass - over AUD30,000 raised through local events

O’Brien were delighted with their successful giving back events during 2014. In July they hosted a special presentation to their charity partners Youth off the Street and Starlight Children’s Foundation. The presentation was for two Honda VT400 motorbikes that were won by a member of their Supply Team when she entered a raffle on behalf of O’Brien. Both charities raffled off the bikes at their yearly gala fundraising events and raised almost AUD10,000 each. Almost 30 employees and their families came together to take part in the 7 Bridges Walk – a 27km walk through Sydney – raising AUD8,000 for the Cancer Council.

Hurtigruta Carglass® ‐ supporting rehabilitation hospital

The Belron business in Norway has chosen to support a local charity called the Sunnaas Foundation and have made a commitment to them for the next three years. The Foundation provides funding for rehabilitation projects for people who have a serious injury. The Sunnaas hospital is the largest rehabilitation hospital in Norway and treats the most serious injuries from all over the country. The business decided to support the Foundation as many of those helped at the hospital have been involved in a serious car accident.

Carglass® Spain – focussing on their local community

Carglass® Spain is continuing its commitment to support those in need within their local community. The business supported the refurbishment of a community kitchen in Barcelona, enabling the centre to accommodate more people. Employees can also volunteer at the kitchen so they can really see the difference that the Carglass support is making. They also donated a Carglass van to the kitchen and one to another charity supporting the socio‐integration of children and young people living in shelters, from broken families and deprived environments.

Belron International - raising over £70,000 for White Lodge Centre

At Belron International there is a dedicated Giving Back team which brings together employees from across departments at the corporate centre to develop the local giving back strategy and arrange and support local fundraising activities. Following research on the charities in the area and a vote by the employees the White Lodge Centre was chosen as the charity partner. The Centre provides a range of flexible and creative activities and opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults, for their families and for their carers. As well as raising the funds, Belron International has also donated equipment and employees have helped out with gardening and painting.

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