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Last September 23, they were 23 Gucci Group and PPR staff members on the starting line. The challenge? Cycling from Paris to London, i.e. around 400 Kms in 3 days. More than a sporting achievement, the adventure is definitely human. In partnership with the PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights, this cycling race was launched by Gucci Group and organised by the NGO CARE International to support a health promotion project towards women garment workers in Bangladesh.
Previously to the physical effort, each participant proceeded to a funds raising action towards colleagues and friends. Each of them brought €1,000 or more to the project, a strong motivation all along the race: “We all proved how much we wanted to give back and pushed our limits to deserve all the funding raised from colleagues, friends and family “, tells one of the cyclers. Added to the €10,000 given by the PPR Foundation, a total amount of around €40,000 has been raised to support the NGO CARE International and its project.
Wind, rain, cold, above all the cyclers will remember from their adventure “a great mood”, “superb landscapes” and “a perfect organisation”. Discover their challenge in pictures and see you next year!
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This is the title of the new awareness raising video, broadcasted to fight violence against women, declared “Great National Cause 2010” by the French government. The video stages two children reproducing a domestic violence scene. Impacting. (French version only.)
Waris Dirie fled Somalia to avoid a forced marriage in her early teens. Having suffered all kinds of indignities in London, she finally became a model. At the height of her career she publically announced that as a child she had been mutilated – and subsequently gave up her top model career to campaign against Female Genital Mutilation at the United Nations.
Last March, the PPR Foundation supported Desert Flower’s release in France, by mobilizing the group’s branches and organizing the preview of the movie to support a NGO’s project fighting against excision in Mali.
To discover or watch it again, Desert Flower is available in DVD from September, 7 in every Fnac store in France! (Re)discover the trailer.
Partner of the PPR Foundation since July 2009, the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC) received and wrote the story of a family taking part to its programme fighting against domestic violence in Burundi. After 14 years of exile in Tanzania, Celine, Jean and their six children reintegrated successfully their country, notably thanks to their active involvement in a village savings and loan association. Read their story.