On 7-9 October 2016, 136 Societe Generale employees in the Asia-Pacific region rode across one of the finest UNESCO heritage listed sites – the Blues Mountains in Australia.
During the 2016 Asia Pacific Bike Ride, the group’s employees raised a total of €150,000. The money raised at the 7th edition of this bike ride will be donated to twelve partner associations in the Asia-Pacific region, including:
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation - the Adream Charitable Foundation (in China) - the Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation and the Hans Andersen Club (also in Hong Kong) - Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education, the Akanksha Foundation and the Indian Rugby Football Union (all in India) - Nadia (in Japan) - Buk Bu and ChildFund (in Korea) - Beyond Social Services and Passerelles Numeriques (in Singapore) - and the Taiwan Fund for Children & Families.
“We are delighted to see so much support from our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the bike ride was an even harder physical challenge as it took the cyclists through the Blue Mountains – a wild region with steep cliffs, forests and waterfalls. In true team spirit we helped and supported one another to make it over the finish line. The yearly bike ride is one of the most highly anticipated events in the region. It makes a real difference to the communities we help.” (Hikaru Ogata, head of the Asia-Pacific Division of Societe Generale)
The yearly bike ride is an important way for the Group to show its commitment and solidarity in Asia. Ever since the Asia Pacific Bike Ride first began, the Citizen Commitment programme has been a huge success in China, Cambodia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and India, and has raised more than €500,000 for various partner associations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Congratulations to the 136 champions who gave up their time and energy. We are very proud of you all.