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In Support of the International Day of the African Child, Roche Hosts Annual Children's Walk
Date:6/16/2011

NUTLEY, N.J., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What can one company do to help children affected by HIV in NJ as well as thousands of miles away in Africa? If you speak to employees at Roche, the answer is plenty.

In response to this need, Roche sponsored it eighth annual Roche Children's Walk(1) today to raise funds to support children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in New Jersey and Malawi, Africa in support of the International Day of the African Child(2). Nearly 700 Roche employees have volunteered for the 5K Walk this year, through the township of Nutley, for which they collected donations and Roche matches the funds. Roche has raised approximately 7 million Swiss francs ($5.9 million US) since the first walk in 2003 and almost 80,000 employees have taken part around the globe.

"The Children's Walk really does rally our entire campus around this cause. Every year I am humbled by the energy of my colleagues and their determination to make an impact in both our local NJ communities and continents away in Malawi," said Patricia Hughes, director, Corporate Relations and Contributions at Roche. "The Walk truly exemplifies the commitment of Roche to be a socially responsible partner."

Since 2003 funds raised by the Children's Walk have helped to:

  • establish and equip five orphan centers, helping over 13,000 orphans;
  • provide 4 million meals to these children;
  • produce nearly 30,000 school uniforms;
  • provide over 2,000 orphaned children with primary health care; and
  • support close to 100 children each year through secondary education.

By continuing to support these projects through this annual fundraising event, Roche aims to make permanent sustainable change in Malawi. This principle of sustainability is key to Roche's commitment to corporate social responsibility, and governs the intent of the Children's Walk.

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