Contributions around the world
47 hours of Christmas for charity
Fraser Watt raced Santa Claus around the world and raised AUD17,820 for UNICEF. He left Auckland, NZ, at midnight on 24 Dec. 2016 as Santa headed out from the North Pole, and finished at 12.43pm on 25 Dec. 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii, as Santa finished work. Flying east to west, he set a new world record for the longest Christmas Day.
Fun paddle to fight cancer
For the fourth year in a row, people from our Guam office paddled and barbequed at the 8th Annual 76 Paddles Against Cancer benefit race held at Matapang Beach Park. The event raised USD20,600 for Guam's Relay For Life fundraising efforts, which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Our team also won the BBQ cook-off!
Clean water for Cook Islands
Roanna Salunga from our Auckland office in New Zealand recently returned from volunteering with the Office of the Prime Minister, Cook Islands. As part of our partnership with Volunteer Service Abroad, Roanna had the opportunity to work on a large-scale clean water project that was delivered to benefit communities across the country.
Battling through outback Australia
For the fifth year running, Kelvin Woods and Russell Clayton from our Perth office battled 3800 km (2361 miles) of back roads across Australia to raise more than AUD10,000 for cancer research, treatment and support, in a car purchased for less than AUD1000. Competing in a rally as Team Thunderbox, Kelvin and Russell have raised more than AUD38,000 to date.
In step with wildlife conservation
A team of 13 GHD people were among the 8000 participants who ascended the staircase of Canada’s tallest free-standing structure for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada’s 27th Annual CN Tower Climb. Our team raised CAD2429 and successfully climbed all 1776 steps (144 flights) to the top of the CN Tower, which stands 553 m (1815 feet) high.
Unforgettable team challenge
Some of the UK’s leading construction and design companies recently came together in the Lake District for an unforgettable team building experience. GHD organised the charity challenge to raise more than GBP21,500 for organisations dedicated to making a difference for children in the UK. We founded ‘The Challenge’ in 1997.
Cycling in California for MS
Team OneGHD participated in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s two-day Waves to Wine bike ride in California recently. In total, more than 1900 riders participated in the event, raising more than USD2.15 million. Team OneGHD is now setting its sights on next year’s ride and fundraising to support the society’s mission to find a cure for MS.
Running for a good reason
Members of GHD in the Community in our Western Australia office, together with family and friends, participated in the HBF Run for a Reason event. They raised AUD1237 – towards the grand total of AUD1.1M – for a range of health-based charities. Joining more than 36,000 participants on the day, our people ran like the wind!
We have partnered with Western Sydney University to launch a scholarship that supports educational opportunities for refugees. GHD Refugee Scholarship for Women is specifically intended for women who were granted a humanitarian visa, and who are assessed by the university as facing economic, social or other disadvantage.