The Global Challenge has raised over £9,000 in Asia

Gleeds staff in China, Hong Kong, India, and Australia have been involved in a series of activities to raise money and donate time for environmental and humanitarian charities.

The protection of nature and children have been the fundraising incentives in Asia. While Hong Kong and Australia donated time and raised money for environmental and wildlife charities, Gleeds staff in China and India decided to fundraise for the protection of children in their countries. All in all, Asia alone has managed to raise £9,000 for The Gleeds Global Challenge - the organisation’s fundraising initiative to celebrate its 130 years in business.

A Gleeds team in China covered the impressive distance of 200km in all manner of sports. They swam, ran, cycled, and even climbed to raise £6,500 for Shanghai Baby's Home, a charity that provides medical care to orphans with special medical needs.

Meanwhile, their colleagues in Gleeds India supported Child Rights and You (CRY), a charity that aims to restore children's rights in India - one of biggest challenges the country faces. Speaking about the charity, Jyoti Gandhi, Associate Director said: “We've chosen to support CRY who are working to help overcome the very serious issue of child trafficking, child abuse and child labour. We hope that our donations of money and time will help to protect vulnerable children in India.”

On Friday 25th September, all members of the Gleeds India team visited schools and spend the whole day with school children, educating them about their rights of safety, education and wellbeing in the cities of Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.

In contrast, Hong Kong and Australia decided to fundraise and donate time for environmental causes. Hong Kong organised what they dubbed: “Hit The Beach” to fight the country’s pollution problem. 17 members of Gleeds Hong Kong staff collaborated with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a beach clean-up event in Discovery Bay, on the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island, one of Hong Kong's most remote beaches and home to extraordinary local wildlife.

Australia organised a bespoke wine raffle to fundraise £1,000 for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Surf Life Saving Australia.