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Carlson Wagonlit Travel to sponsor team in 2017 Race Across America, raising money to fight child exploitation

March 20, 2017 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, today announces its sponsorship of Team Endeavour, a four-strong endurance cycling team taking part in the 34th Race Across America in June 2017. Team Endeavour is raising money for ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organisations campaigning to end the sexual exploitation of children.

The team aims to complete the 4,900 km relay race in nine days, non-stop, raising at least $100,000. The team members are Andrew Jordan and Jasper Hasell (London, UK), and Lisa Akeroyd and Brendan Cox (Sydney, Australia). All four work at CWT. They will cycle from west to east across twelve US states, supported by a crew of doctors, bike mechanics, nutritionists, and a team manager. The race starts in just under 100 days’ time.

“The work of ECPAT is very close to our hearts,” said Kurt Ekert, President & CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel. “By providing sponsorship for Team Endeavour on such a tough, high profile challenge, we hope to help raise awareness – and money – for their important work.”

“Children who are victims of sexual exploitation face some of the toughest physical, social and psychological challenges imaginable. Their endeavour to recover and transition from being victims to survivors requires formidable endurance and strength of spirit.  ECPAT International is excited that Carlson’s Team Endeavour has taken on the tough physical challenge of riding 4,900 km in nine days for these child victims,” said Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director, ECPAT International.

“The drive and endurance of Andrew, Jasper, Lisa and Brendan symbolize the strength and determination required of child victims. ECPAT hopes that Team Endeavor’s willingness to endure this challenge will inspire each of Carlson’s extraordinary team of 18,000 employees to do his or her best for some of world’s most vulnerable children.”

CWT’s sponsorship enables the team to achieve their goal of taking part. Other partners and sponsors are being brought in to provide services in kind and support with logistics.

“The generous support of CWT lets us focus on the event and our fundraising drive,” said Andrew Jordan, team captain and CTO of CWT. “By connecting people and networks from around the world we can really make a difference – and help EPCAT fight the sexual exploitation of children.”

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