Visa Europe employees chose UNICEF as their charity partner in 2010 and have subsequently voted to continue our partnership through 2013. Visa Europe are supporting UNICEF’s “Helping Invisible Children” Project in Romania which looks to support the most vulnerable and marginalised families and children by providing community based services.
The programme ensures children are properly registered and have identification papers in place, without which they can’t access other social services such as health care or education.
Hundreds of Visa Europe employees from across the company’s 12 European offices have already contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to UNICEF. More than £730,000 has been donated to UNICEF since fundraising began in 2010. Staff have raised money through their annual bike ride and also organised auctions/raffle and taken part in challenge events.
Through the partnership, Visa Europe have also supported UNICEF’s work at the FIFA World Cup, helping to protect vulnerable children during the matches from potential risks.
Fiona Wilkinson, SVP Corporate Communications, Visa Europe: "Our campaign for UNICEF owes its success to the dedication of our people. From our apprentices to our CEO; in the UK and across Europe; and in every division, our people have embraced the cause. People have run, sung, baked, cycled, quizzed, raffled, auctioned, taken duvet days and even worn their Christmas jumpers to work - all in aid of UNICEF. Knowing that our individual contributions collectively can help UNICEF make a major difference is what motivates us all."
This September, 66 Visa employees and suppliers have yet again dusted off their saddles and taken part in the Visa Europe Bike Ride. Not for the faint hearted, this 580km bike ride will start in St Malo and end in Lille four days later. The annual event, which is now in its fifth year, is set to raise £150,000, the highest amount raised from the bike ride. Steve Chambers, CIO of Visa Europe commented:
“The ride at Visa Europe is something really special. It’s a Visa thing through and through that has become a cornerstone of our value system and our efforts to raise more money for children.”