JLL’s Property Weekend Challenge raises £17.5K for charity
Monies raised from virtual duathlon will be split equally between Crisis and LandAid
JLL’s Property Weekend Challenge which took place from Friday 26 June until Sunday 28 June 2020 has raised over £17,500 in donations for homeless charities Crisis and LandAid.
The virtual challenge, organised by JLL, focused around running and cycling - the two elements that make up a sprint duathlon event. Nearly 800 people from across the real estate industry and related sectors took part across the three days with many participants teaming up with family members, colleagues and friends to complete their chosen distance(s)- with some even in fancy dress!
The fundraising total has so far reached over £17,500 which will be split equally between Crisis and LandAid who have both adapted their services to keep up with the changing demands of the pandemic.
Chris Ireland, UK CEO at JLL, said: “On behalf of the entire team at JLL, as well as our charity partners at Crisis and LandAid, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our virtual challenge.
“Our ambition was to bring the property community together with an inclusive fundraising event that enabled people to get outdoors, have fun and challenge each other. While the sunshine unfortunately didn’t remain for the entire weekend, we were overwhelmed with how many people joined in with such enthusiasm and generosity. Families, colleagues and friends came together across the UK and we even welcomed participants from Saudi Arabia, Portugal and Germany.”
Jon Sparkes, Crisis CEO, added: “Support for people experiencing homelessness is needed like never before. As lockdown eases, many people face returning to the streets or to uncertain, unstable and sometimes dangerous living situations. And others are being pushed to the brink of homelessness for the first time. We are helping people leaving temporary forms of accommodation find somewhere secure and permanent to live. And we are working to prevent people becoming homeless because of the pandemic. Your support will help us make sure there is a home for all. Thank you.”
Paul Morrish, chief executive - LandAid Charitable Trust, commented: “A huge thanks to everyone who took part in the JLL Property Weekend Challenge last weekend. You’ve all ran and cycled to end youth homelessness. Every penny raised for LandAid will be going to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund – money from which is going directly to help charities and young people right across the country through this crisis, changing lives and offering vital financial and emotional support when they need it most. Thank you.”
The Property Weekend Challenge took place from Friday 26 June – the original date of this year’s JLL Property Triathlon, an event which annually welcomes over 3,500 property professionals to Dorney Lake, near Windsor. The Property Triathlon, which has to date raised over £2m for charity, has been postponed to Friday, 2 July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered participants have been able to roll their 2020 place over to take part next year.
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