Over 100 CBRE employees and clients have set off from Carcassonne, France where they are embarking on a 650km cycle ride to San Remo Italy, with a target of raising €115,000 in support of CBRE’s partnership with Plan International, which is funding a groundbreaking education programme for some of the world’s poorest children in Sierra Leone.

Martin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBRE
We’re delighted to be supporting over 100 CBRE colleagues, clients and supporters this year, with participants from across Europe. Every kilometre cycled and every donation made, will support our EMEA-wide partnership with Plan International. I would like to thank all involved for their commitment to this important cause.
Martin Samworth, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, CBRE

Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International (UK):

“Thanks to an incredible effort by CBRE, their teams have committed more than €800,000 to Plan International’s work on the ground in Sierra Leone since 2014 – giving hope to a generation of children and helping them to rebuild their lives.”

Joe Klapprott, who his leading this year’s ride, and is a Director in CBRE’s Building Consultancy group in the UK, commented:

“It’s extremely gratifying to see so many of our partners continuing to support CBRE on this annual fundraising adventure. I’m particularly grateful to our headline sponsor Xchanging, who have once again played a key role is helping us to achieve our fundraising target. Cycling over le Mont Ventoux will be a challenge, but this is a cause worthy of our continued support.”

CBRE’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) business launched in March 2014 a major partnership with Plan International. As the lead corporate partner in a three year partnership, CBRE is backing a €7.4 million international community investment programme to help provide an education to more than 135,000 children, particularly girls in Sierra Leone. Following the deadly Ebola outbreak across West Africa, CBRE continued working with Plan International to ensure that children were protected. CBRE has pledged to raise at least €850,000 which will provide bursaries, create better school facilities, offer vocational training for female teachers and assistants, provide support for children with disabilities and improve the quality of teaching across 780 schools across five districts of Sierra Leone. The project is also supported through the UK Government’s international aid commitment which secures match funding on corporate pledges.