At S-RM we are pleased to actively engage with the communities in the countries where we operate. Our regional offices vote to support a local charity for the year which gives the team the opportunity to give back through fundraising events and challenges as well as offering their expertise pro-bono. We are proud to run a matched funding scheme so every penny raised for our charities goes twice as far.
2017 – 2018
Fight for peace
For 2017-18 S-RM will be supporting Fight for Peace as a global charity. The organisation is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, has a large academy in Newham, east London and in the last year has opened operations in Cape Town. Fight for Peace, or Luta Pela Paz, uses boxing and martial arts to engage young people living in communities affected by violence and, through their five pillar methodology, offers access to education, employability courses, leadership training and other services including social and legal support.
We are thrilled to be partnering with an organisation which is having such a positive impact on thousands of young people’s lives in the areas where we work.
In September 2017, the London office hosted a film screening of a documentary about Fight for Peace in Brazil which follows which follows two boys from Maré, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most violent favelas, as they train for the boxing Youth Championships. Kenny, one of the young people who trains at Fight for Peace in London, came into the office to explain the difference that the organisation has made in his life.
In May 2018, members of S-RM’s Cape Town team who are trained in Krav Maga ran a self-defence session against guns and knives for a group of 20 girls at the Amandla Safe Hub for Fight for Peace, our nominated charity. It was a wonderful morning, and was great to see the girls enjoying it and feeling very empowered afterwards.
2016 – 2017
For 2016-17, the London office decided to support St Mungo’s in their mission to see that everyone has a place to call home, raising £16,000 over the course of the year. The organisation works to end homelessness by providing housing, skills development and linking clients to the correct services for their physical and mental wellbeing.
S-RM held various fundraising events and challenges including two fiendishly difficult pub quizzes, an abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower, a successful London marathon bid and a 30-hour 100km walk.
Since opening the office in 2014, the Cape Town team have been involved in various charitable programmes including running CV workshops for residents of the Haven Night Shelter. In 2016-17, we focused our charitable efforts on supporting the Big Issue foundation, an organisation which helps marginalised adults to become entrepreneurs through the selling of the magazine. The foundation supports them on their way to financial independence through the provision of caseworkers, counselling and further education programmes.
Highlights from the year included teaming up with Fight for Peace to co-host a Mandela Day party in Gugulethu. Hundreds of children lined up to have their faces painted by our talented team and a homemade metre-by-metre chocolate cake went in minutes.
In August, we launched S-RM’s first access internship scheme designed for students with limited opportunities to experience the corporate environment.
Rio de Janeiro
Our Rio office decided on Luta Pela Paz (Fight for Peace) as their charity of the year in 2016-17. Luta Pela Paz is headquartered in Maré, a favela in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, and combines boxing and martial arts with education and personal development for young people in communities affected by crime and violence.
Two enthusiastic S-RM employees co-opted a team of “willing” volunteers to undertake the Bravus race – a challenge which includes swimming through ice water, running through electric wires and crawling in mud under low-hanging barbed wire. Through their labours, the team managed to raise just under £2,000 for Luta Pela Paz.