Projects we supported in 2016

2016 saw the charitable activities of Clarksons Platou moving up into a whole new gear as staff around the globe focussed their energies and attention on raising money for incredible causes, national and international.

The First Clarksons Platou Charity Giving Day.

Activities reached a peak on 27 September with the first Clarksons Platou Charity Giving Day when teams from five international offices joined together in a fundraising cycling event.  Teams of six from the Houston, London, Oslo, Dubai and Singapore offices competed on Watt bikes to cycle 120km in less than four hours.  Their aim was to raise as much money as possible for two very worthwhile charities:The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation(one of the Lord Mayor's selected charities) which not only raises funds to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes but also supports children and their families affected by the condition; andThe London Sports Trustwhich is dedicated to helping young Londoners through sport and works with disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential.

At Clarksons, as ever, it was all about the competition - not only to be first past the finish line but also to raise the most money.  In the weeks leading up to the event money poured in from friends, family and clients and who were all incredibly generous in their support.  Of course there were also the side bets… an internal flurry of betting on the day amongst staff gathered steam and helped push the final figure raised to more than £50,000.

The champions of the event - both in terms of fastest finish and donations raised - were the "Golden Old Boys" from the Oslo office.  Despite an average age of 57 and a lot of heckling on the day they spun to victory in under three hours.

The day was organised to coincide with City Giving Day in London - an event supported by Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans which aims to highlight the charitable activities of companies based in the Square Mile.  We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Jeffrey who promptly jumped on bike, keen to support! 

Other Activities During 2016.

Elsewhere the company continued to support causes within the local community and further afield, with special attention remaining on children's causes, maritime related organisations and charities focussed on health issues.  2016 saw donations being made to the following organisations:

Alzheimer's Society.

As the world's leading voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support and research, the Alzheimer's Association strives to improve quality of life for those facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. It funds critical research, provides education and resources, raises awareness and advocates in partnership with government, private and non-profit organizations for a solution to the global Alzheimer's epidemic.  Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with dementia, making the disease a global health crisis that must be addressed.

Children's Cancer Hospital Foundation (CCHF) 57357.

The CCHF 57357 is an independent non-profit organization with a vision "to be the unique worldwide icon of change towards a cancer-free childhood." The CCHF's mandate is to develop and oversee the strategic direction and financial support of the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE), widely known as Hospital 57357. Hospital 57357 is the largest paediatric oncology hospital in the world in terms of capacity (320 beds). It aims not merely to be a hospital but a leading example, a change agent and a comprehensive institution for fighting childhood cancer - one that is providing the highest quality care completely for free and without any discrimination.

The English Speaking Cancer Association.

Based in Switzerland, the Association has a group of professional counsellors and trained volunteers who provide emotional support and practical help to those affected by cancer.