WOW! What an amazing day! A record number of firms turned red to celebrate business giving back to society for City Giving Day!
Over 300 City businesses came together to celebrate their charitable and volunteering efforts for this year’s City Giving Day – a record number for organisers The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
The firms, who have supported hundreds of charities over the last year, showcased their philanthropic efforts with thousands of City workers, clients, suppliers and supporters wearing red for the day.
City Giving Day is one day a year which is set aside to celebrate the value of the City to society. It champions the activities - whether it is CSR, philanthropy, or volunteering initiatives - that companies do to support charity, society, their local communities and the environment in which they work.
The annual event is a chance for employers to talk to staff, recognise achievements and plan even better community engagement in the future, whether in the form of mentoring, fundraising or volunteering vital expertise.
Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, along with the Lady Mayoress, Sheriffs and Aldermen, visited more than 50 companies across the Square Mile who took part in the celebration through a variety of awareness and fundraising events.
Hundreds of events took place across the City: from charity fairs to table tennis tournaments, workshops and mentoring events, scavenger and treasure hunts, and fundraising static bike competition, "Tour de City", to name just a few. And of course, there was cake, lots and lots of cake!
Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said:
“There is really valuable work being done by City firms, benefitting society through business volunteering, fundraising events and philanthropic work. City Giving Day is a chance to shout out about this vital work, whilst at the same time encouraging others to get involved.
“It’s clear to see that many firms are now making responsible business programmes and philanthropic activity a core part of their purpose, a rising trend which looks set to increase.”
Not only did the sun shine, but the City buzzed with energy and enthusiasm, thanks to all of you. Last year’s City Giving Day successfully raised over £400,000 for charities and community groups, and over 5,000 volunteers were recruited. With many more firms involved, together we will have achieved so much more this year.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for joining us this year and we hope to see you again next year!
Below are some highlights of the day!