To celebrate RISE Day this year, we did things a little differently. In addition to our yearly phone call initiative (in which our global teams volunteer to give advice to young people struggling with barriers to employment), we launched an all-new type of fundraising challenge to step up for RISE (literally!).
Entering the world of work is tough these days – especially as a young person. It’s estimated that there will be 73 million unemployed people aged 15-24 across the globe by the end of 2022, highlighting that our help is needed now more than ever. But, with getting a break and building a sustainable career often feeling as daunting as climbing Mount Everest, we knew we had to truly step up this year to offer the support we strive to deliver.
How did we do it?
Talent’s teams were given the challenge of tackling the distance between base camp to the peak of Everest (a total of 20km as the crow flies). We climbed, rowed, ran and swam in a huge global effort to raise vital funds that will go directly towards helping young people. From hiking up Mount Snowdon to a 20km indoor rowing race, everyone pulled together and took the challenge by storm. And our fundraising target was well and truly beaten…
Our original goal was to raise £30,000 / A$50,000, and we successfully raised a huge £59,959 / A$107,478. We couldn’t be prouder of our teams’ determination and hard work – and couldn’t be more grateful for each and every supporter who helped us reach this milestone.
Here’s to the future
All money raised will go directly towards delivering workshops, providing tailored coaching & mentoring services, and help cover the costs for young people to attend interviews and buy suitable work clothing. Changing lives through meaningful employment is always our goal, and the incredible generosity and support we’ve received will make a real positive impact.
It’s safe to say this year’s RISE Day was a roaring success! And we’re really excited to continue transforming young lives and breaking barriers to employment.
If you’d like to support our initiatives, our fundraising page is still active. Donating to RISE gives you the chance to directly help young people carve their way to a sustainable career, and make a true impact in today’s world of work.