This year Colt’s Charity Bike Ride hit an impressive milestone. Not only have thousands of kilometres been ridden for children in need, 2018 was the year that Colt cracked the million Euro fundraising mark.
Now in its seventh year, The Colt Charity Bike Ride started with the goal of riding the entire Colt network, with this year seeing the ride journey from Milan to Rome in Italy.
Over four days this last September, Colt employees and sponsors of the event rode more than 680km passing through five cities along the way. What’s more impressive than the distance covered is that this year the 120 people from 16 countries involved in the ride raised more than €118,000, which was 191% of their target. As with the event every year, Colt matched this amount, taking the total funds raised over the past seven years to a million Euros.
Each Colt office supports a different local cause and this year these funds will go to a myriad of charities including Dottor Sorriso (Clown Therapy) in Italy, Richard House Children’s Hospice in the UK, YouMeWe in Japan, who work with children in orphanages to improve their digital skills and Aldeas Infantiles in Spain, a group that ensures children are given support and a stable environment if their parents are no longer around.
While the amount of money donated to charities is impressive, and not something we anticipated achieving all those years ago, the thing that makes this event even more special is that it is completely organised and supported by Colt employees who give up a lot of their own time to ensure that the event is as comfortable and equipped for the riders as possible. It is now an annual event that shows we live and breathe our values – thinking big and winning together. Thank you to everyone who makes this event possible and to those who are fundraising and riding to support these great charities. Now we’ve cracked the million mark, we are already planning the 2019 ride and we are excited about the possibilities for the future of the event as well as the good it can do for the many communities Colt is part of.
If you are looking for more information about the ride, or how you can support it, please reach out to myself or Danielle Reilly.
Louisa Gregory is the Chief of Staff at Colt