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200 Accor Hotel Employees Hike for Homeless

October 14, 2013 Charity No Comments Email Email

Two hundred employees from Accor hotels are set to embark on a 3-day adventure race – which includes hiking, mountain biking and camping in the Jenolan National Park and Greater Blue Mountains region next week – to support the homeless through Mission Australia.

Now in its third year, Accor’s ‘Race to Survive: Mission Possible’ fundraising event aims to help transform the lives of Australians in need and provide vital funds to Mission Australia so the charity can alleviate homelessness.

Every night more than 105,000 people in Australia are homeless, and it’s not just about people sleeping on the streets. Many homeless Australians stay with relatives and friends until they wear out their welcome, and sleep in hotels, short-term and crisis accommodation, caravan parks and even cars.

Accor employees from across the country have been fundraising for months in a bid to reach their fundraising goal of $500,000 to help Mission Australia ease the burden on struggling families and individuals in need and help foster equality for all Australians.

Australia’s largest hotel group, Accor (with brands including Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis), has been a partner of Mission Australia for a number of years and is committed to giving back to local communities and the homeless through Race to Survive.

“Each night our hotels provide a conformable and secure place for our guests to sleep, and we strongly believe that every Australian has the right to a bed and somewhere safe to lay their head,” said Accor Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath.

“Our employees have fundraised tirelessly throughout the year and with the support of our guests and clients, we hope Mission Australia can continue their important work to alleviate homelessness and help those sleeping rough and doing it tough.”

Mission Australia’s CEO, Toby Hall said: “Mission Australia stands together with Australians in need, until they can stand for themselves.

“Overcoming disadvantage is challenging and complex, but through the support of initiatives such as Race to Survive: Mission Possible we can assist more people to regain their independence and create a fairer Australia for all.”

Race to Survive 2013 involves 50 teams of Accor hotel employees who are set to participate in a 3-day adventure race during Anti-Poverty Week, from 15 – 18 October around Western Sydney and the Greater Blue Mountains region.

The race will involve hiking, mountain biking, camping and a range of adventure challenges and surprises along the way. The final day will see teams roll up their sleeves and complete DIY challenges at The Mission Australia Centre Kingswood, near Penrith in what will be an emotive finish to the event.

To support Accor Race to Survive and Mission Australia, donate online at www.gofundraise.com.au

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