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'Macathlon' benefits London and Filipino communities

London and Manila, 15 May 2015

More than $A5,000 has been raised for community organisations Islington Giving and the Philippine Red Cross through an athletic event dubbed the ‘Macathlon’.

Staff in Macquarie’s London and Manila Graduate Volunteer Networks (GVN) organised a 4km stationary bike ride and 1.5km in-office rowing challenge in both offices, raising £2,000 and Php50,000 respectively.

More than 150 employees participated in the combined fundraiser, working as individuals, pairs and relay teams to complete the challenge.

UK GVN co-chair Timothy Eyre joined Macquarie as a graduate in 2014. He said the 'Macathlon’s' success was partly due to the initiative having broad appeal. “There was plenty of healthy competition on the day and we’re really pleased our colleagues in Manila used the 'Macathlon' concept," he said.

"It’s great to know we've been able to support community organisations in the UK and the Philippines.”

Islington Giving is also the charity recipient of Macquarie's 2015 Office of the Year Community Award. The award recognises the London office's significant contribution to the local community with a donation of $A20,000. The donation will go towards Islington Giving's campaign to tackle poverty and mental health issues affecting residents of the inner-London borough.

The Manila team chose to support the Philippine Red Cross to aid the organisation's ongoing relief work after a number of natural disasters befell the archipelago between 2013 and 2014.

 

Image caption: (L-R) Shadia Hameed from Islington Giving pictured with UK GVN co-chairs Timothy Eyre and Valerie Osband.