At S-RM we actively engage with the communities in the countries where we operate. Each year we support a global charity, which gives our teams 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 goes twice as far.
2018 – 2019
Fight for peace
For 2018-2019 S-RM will be supporting Fight for Peace as its global charity for the second year running. The organisation is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, has a large academy in Newham, east London and in 2017, 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 October 2018, members of S-RM’s London office headed down to Fight For Peace’s academy to participate in boxing and muay thai evening sessions. The attendees thoroughly enjoyed being pushed to the limit by Fight For Peace’s energetic coaches and picking up helpful tips and techniques shared by the classes’ experienced members.
From pub quizzes to ultra marathons and bake sales, S-RM’s global offices have a packed year of fundraising planned for 2018-2019. In the coming year, our employees will also support Fight For Peace across their community outreach and education programmes. In mid-2019, S-RM London plans to kick off its first ever mentorship scheme with Fight For Peace attendees and in summer 2019, S-RM Cape Town will continue its tradition of supporting Fight For Peace’s annual Mandela Day Event, assisting the charity with catering, face painting and sporting activities for the local community.
2017 – 2018
FIGHT FOR PEACE
In 2017-2018, S-RM supported Fight For Peace as its first global charity. Over the financial year, our offices hosted a range of fundraising events. Highlights included delicious potluck lunches and bake sales in the Cape Town, London and Rio offices, as well as a fantastic effort by London’s Team Peakeasy, who bravely completed the gruelling Ten Peaks Challenge in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, raising £10,000. In summer 2018, S-RM’s London office proudly hosted two Fight For Peace attendees for a weeklong work experience placement, who rotated across our business units to build key skills.
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.