January 4, 2017 – C&A customers donated more than 500,000 euros over a one-and-a-half-year period to Save the Children to help refugees in Europe.
It began in May 2015, when the company put collection boxes in 1,150 C&A stores across Europe. They were part of an initiative, called Mothers make the difference, designed to help mothers and children in crises, like those arriving as refugees in Europe. Over the next 18 months C&A customers filled these boxes with more than 500,000 euros, – all of which went directly to support the refugees through the work of Save the Children, the internationally recognized charity.
“We have been overwhelmed by the commitment of our customers to support our partner, Save the Children in the refugee crisis,” said Jeffrey Hogue, C&A’s global Chief Sustainability Officer. “Their generosity has provided tangible impact in the lives of thousands of refugees across Europe.”
“Children and mothers are especially vulnerable in times of conflicts, crises and disasters. Since the beginning of our partnership in 2015 – C&A and C&A Foundation have been dedicated partners in our efforts to empower mothers and children in crisis around the world. We sincerely thank them and all of their staff and customers for their continuous support”, states Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International.
Save the Children works on the front lines of the European refugee crisis, providing much-needed humanitarian assistance along the entire route the refugees take. One of the projects made possible by C&A’s customers was the ‘Vos Hestia’, the Save the Children's Mediterranean search-and-rescue ship. Between its launch in September 2016 and the end of November 2016, Save the Children helped to rescue over 2’600 refugees and migrants including over 400 children, pregnant women and newborn babies. 90% of the children rescued have been unaccompanied.
C&A and C&A Foundation teamed up with Save the Children in early 2015. Their partnership includes a three-year promise of financial support of 3 million euros a year, as well as a pledge to include C&A customers and employees who also want to lend a hand.
To learn more about the humanitarian assistance projects that C&A Foundation, C&A and its customers support, please visit C&A's corporate website www.canda.com/save_the_children.
About C&A Europe
With over 1,575 stores in 19 European countries and more than 35,000 employees, C&A Europe is one of the leading fashion retail businesses in Europe. C&A Europe welcomes and provides more than two million visitors per day with good quality fashions at affordable prices for the entire family. In addition to our European stores, C&A also has a presence in Brazil, Mexico, and China.
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About the C&A Foundation
C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation, here to transform the fashion industry. We do this by providing financial support, expertise, and networks to enable brands, NGOs and other changemakers to make the fashion industry a force for good. We help build strong and resilient communities in all the countries we touch.
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Communications Manager, C&A Foundation
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