Despite the 2019 Colt Charity Bike Ride coming to a close in September, participants have still been working hard to raise as much money as possible for the children’s charities the ride supports.
This year’s ride had a steep fundraising goal, and I am excited to say that we smashed this target by over €20,000, raising €171,469 in total. This figure will also be matched by Colt, bringing the overall fundraised amount to more than €340,000.
Since the Colt Charity Bike Ride began eight years ago, it’s raised over €1million for charity, and this year it was bigger and better than ever before, with an unprecedented fundraising goal of €150,000.
My special thanks and congratulations to the organising committee, 40 support crew and 123 riders from across the world that came together to make the 540km route from Munich to Vienna such a success. To have an event of this scale and impact organised by Colt employees on a volunteer basis is nothing short of exceptional.
Each Colt office supports a different local cause, and this year these funds will go to charities across 16 countries to support underprivileged children. Here’s what a couple of our partner charities have to say about the bike ride and what they can do with our donations.
Kathryn Elvin, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager, Richard House Children’s Hospice
“The Colt Charity Bike Ride has contributed to Richard House being able to make important plans for the future of the hospice, for example in us being able to deliver new services that were desperately needed such as our Hospice at Home outreach program. This service launched in 2019 and is allowing us to reach more families who need respite care in the home, improving the quality of life for those families through the support of our specialist nursing team. Richard House knows that there are still many families in our boroughs struggling without the help of our services and we are committed to reaching them, but we can only do this with the support of Colt and future rides. We already have a few plans in the works for how to build on last year’s partnership.”
Bert van der Stappen, Chairman, Het Balanske
“Het Balanske is a wellbeing centre for persons with mental and physical handicaps and their families. We have eleven full-time employees and more than 300 volunteers supporting children and adults with disabilities, and we reach over 2000 people throughout Belgium. Colt and Het Balanske have a four-year relationship and we recognise the importance of Colt’s support – this level of support is unprecedented and totally new for us. Colt is supporting us on all levels.
Colt’s donations are used mainly to make improvements to our snoezelen area, which was in need of new devices and technology last year. We also used the donations to completely upgrade our IT infrastructure. All our IT applications have been moved to the cloud and we’ve been able to renew our website. Our reach has been increased, processes have been simplified and IT reliability has been improved.”
Louisa Gregory, Chief of Staff, Colt Technology Services