Elephant Family and Helen Bamber Foundation have been voted as Deutsche Bank’s Charities of the Year for 2013 by the Bank’s UK based employees. The two charities will form a year-long partnership to fundraise, increase awareness and engage with employees across the Bank.
Since 1999, Deutsche Bank staff have raised over £9.7m for 17 charities under its Charities of the Year programme. Eligible charities have an annual income up to £5m, and six shortlisted charities ran a two week campaign for the votes of the Bank’s UK employees.
Colin Grassie, CEO UK and Member of the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Helen Bamber Foundation and Elephant Family as our charities of the year for 2013. Deutsche Bank is proud to support the valuable work both charities carry out as our Charities of the Year programme enters its fifteenth year.”
Since its launch in 2002, Elephant Family has invested £4m in securing and restoring vital corridors of land for elephants. Elephant Family has supported local communities to reduce incidents of human-elephant conflict and improve the welfare of captive elephants. Elephant Family works hard to highlight the plight of the Asian elephant with UK-wide education programmes and publicity.
Ruth Powys, Chief Executive at Elephant Family said: “Asia's animals have never needed more help than they do right now so to start 2013 with the support of Deutsche Bank is the biggest encouragement. Importantly it means we can start securing one of the most important tracks of habitat for endangered elephants in earnest. Deutsche Bank’s backing has put our motivation levels on the ceiling and given us all a huge vote of confidence. Thank you to all the staff who voted for Elephant Family and bring on 2013!”
Helen Bamber Foundation is a collective of doctors, psychotherapists and legal experts who work on behalf of survivors of genocide, torture, human trafficking and other human rights violations. The Foundation provides specialist treatment and support to help people overcome their traumatic experiences and build new futures.
Helen Bamber, Co-Founder and Director at Helen Bamber Foundation, said: “We are overwhelmed and immensely grateful to the staff at Deutsche Bank for their show of support for survivors of human cruelty. This partnership is a unique opportunity to further develop our work to help men, women and children rebuild their lives.”
Kate Cavelle, Head of Corporate Citizenship UK at Deutsche Bank, said: “Congratulations to both Elephant Family and Helen Bamber Foundation, along with all of the charities that made our shortlist. Collectively our employees can have a big impact raising funds for these two excellent causes in 2013. “
For more information about Elephant Family visit: www.elephantfamily.org. For more information on Helen Bamber Foundation visit: www.helenbamber.org.
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