Fundraising since April this year, Colt Technology Services has donated €170,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to support the organisation in its mission to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.
The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently in times of crisis. Pooling resources to work as one, the DEC is pivotal in coordinating an effective response to humanitarian disasters.
Currently, the DEC have two active campaigns supporting displaced individuals from Ukraine and the recent floods in Pakistan. The donation raised will support essential lifesaving services, emergency housing and, in the long term, help refugees rebuild their lives.
Colt employees joined together in an astounding show of support for the fundraising efforts, driven by Colt’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) teams and which included a global charity auction. The business then matched employee contributions euro for euro.
Gary Carr, Colt’s Chief Financial Officer, said: “We have been deeply saddened by conflict in Ukraine and beyond. It is a time to dig deep and raise funds for those affected by crisis across the world, and I’ve been amazed at the generosity and energy of our Colt employees’ fundraising efforts. It is a privilege to support DEC charities as they provide urgently needed provisions, shelter and care to those fleeing conflict and disaster”.
Saleh Saaed, DEC’s CEO, said: “On behalf of the DEC and our member charities we want to say a huge thank you to Colt employees for their overwhelming generosity. DEC charities are continuing to provide life-saving food, cash, medical care, and much more, both in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. The response to this appeal has been incredibly generous and I’d like to personally thank everyone at Colt who has donated, raised funds and helped spread the word. Your efforts mean that aid workers will be able to help people affected by this devastating conflict both now and in the months and years to come.”