Team Westfield runs to raise funds for RIDBC

05/12/11
Westfield running teamThe Westfield Team fundraised more than $12,000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

The Westfield team has fundraised over $12,000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) by participating in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

The generous cheque was last week presented to RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

RIDBC was one of the charities elected by the team of 111 Westfield employees, which raised $6,126.40 for RIDBC from the run. This amount was matched by Westfield itself, bringing the total to over $12,000.

The Sydney event of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Challenge formed part of a world-wide series of challenges, which sees organisations compete over a 5.6kilometre course, raising funds for charity through team sponsorship.

“The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is a great example of the ways in which organisations are striving to support the not-for-profit sector,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“We’re really appreciative of this amazing contribution from Westfield. This generous donation will go a long way in assisting RIDBC to continue to provide innovative services and education programs to children living with vision or hearing loss, and their families, all across Australia.

“I recently had the pleasure of meeting the team at their fantastic new Head Office in Sydney. This gave me the opportunity to be able to talk about how their amazing contribution will be used by RIDBC to continue to provide quality, innovative services and education programs to children and their families.

“The Westfield fundraising team of 111 runners did a fantastic job with the Challenge. The team is already enthusiastic about taking on the Challenge again in 2012 and I’m sure it will be bigger and better than ever.”

Almost 300 organisations took part in the Sydney J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on 9 November.

In 2011 the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was held in 11 different cities around the world including; Singapore, New York, London, San Francisco and Shanghai.

RIDBC provides vital support to over 1000 children and families living with significant hearing and/or vision loss all across Australia, providing diagnostic and assessment services to over 2000 more each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives. In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.

To find out more about how you can get your workplace involved in fundraising for RIDBC, visit www.ridbc.org.au or contact Johanna Yule on 9872 0249.