Nine cyclists including Willis Towers Watson Mumbai CEO Simon Smith to ride nearly 600 kms to Goa over two nights, Aim to raise Rs.25 lakhs for housing, sanitation, clean water and post-disaster relief to very low-income families in Maharashtra
India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: A team of nine cyclists from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) Mumbai along with the Mumbai CEO Simon Smith, will cycle from Mumbai to Goa (approximately 600 kms) from February 9 to 11, 2017 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity,India. This unique initiative will raise about Rs. 25 lakhs for projects in housing, sanitation, clean water and disaster relief for very low income families in Maharashtra. The team will be flagged off from Seawoods, Nerul and will end in Porvorim, Goa.
WTW is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. With its roots dating back to 1828, the organization has over 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries. In its 25th year in India, WTW has over 3,400 employees in Mumbai and ~5000 in India
Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity, India said, “We are grateful to WTW Mumbai for this initiative. While several corporates, partner with us on various causes, this one is very special. The cyclists will be very emphatic ambassadors for Habitat for Humanity, India, through their entire journey. I am sure this will inspire others for more such initiatives. To achieve our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Housing for All by 2020’, corporate world is coming forward in a big way to share this social burden”.
Simon Smith, WTW Mumbai CEO could barely contain his excitement. He said, “I have a passion for cycling and triathlons. I wanted to share this passion and do something good for our CSR charity in India. Therefore we decided do something that hit both objectives. We have all trained hard and each team member has been selected and has earned his seat on this ride. We have prepared ourselves by doing night rides and hills assessments to get our fitness levels up. It’s been a great journey so far. We have done so much planning and preparation and we have received so much help from volunteers. I just want to say thanks to the many people who are helping the team. My hope for this ride was to introduce new people to long distance riding in order that this challenge can propel them to much bigger and better challenges. I hope to share some of my passion for fitness and wellbeing across the team and see them all surpass me.”
The youngest in the team, 21-year old Simson Nadar, Associate at WTW Mumbai giving us a peep into his confidence and cycling passion, mentioned, “I have always been passionate about sports activities since my school days. Therefore, when I got to know about this event of long-distance cycling, I thought that I should be a part of this challenge and take my fitness to the next level. I am very excited about this ride and happy for being a part of this good CSR cause.”