Allianz formally launched its new charity partnership with mental health charity, Mind at an employee event held in London this week.
Jon Dye, CEO, Allianz Insurance, hosted the launch at the insurer’s Gracechurch Street offices. He was joined by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, as they both took part in employee fundraising activities, including cycling on ‘Smoothie Bikes’ to help promote the importance of wellbeing and raise donations for the charity.
During the event Jon Dye also presented Mind with a cheque for £50,000, which is Allianz’s first charity donation to kick off the three-year partnership, throughout which employees have set themselves an ambitious target of raising £1m.
The funds raised by Allianz will not only contribute towards Mind’s general charitable activity but will also fund a specific project which aims to increase resilience in young people. The project will integrate mental health and wellbeing within the whole school environment reaching, pupils, staff, parents, and the wider community.
In addition to the event in London, wellbeing activities have also taken place across the UK at many of Allianz’s regional offices, which have included arts, crafts and gardening. Employees were also encouraged to dress in Mind’s colours of blue and white to show support for the new corporate charity.
Jon Dye, CEO, Allianz UK said: ‘I’m delighted to mark the launch of our exciting new charity partnership with Mind. It’s impressive to see what our employees are doing at such an early stage to support the work that Mind do to create resilience and help people stay mentally well.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing how the partnership will bring benefits to both organisations over the next three years, through our fundraising efforts to support Mind’s activity and expanding the mental wellbeing and resilience support we currently have in place for our people at Allianz.’
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: ‘We’re delighted to hear about some of the fantastic ways Allianz employees intend to raise funds and awareness for Mind throughout this year. The money raised will help to fund our vital work including Mind’s Whole School Approach, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, teachers, parents and everyone involved in school life. With Allianz aiming to raise an incredible £1 million, together we can continue to be there for people who need us, when they need us the most.’