For the fifth year in a row, Adecco employees all over the globe will be taking part in sports events, united behind a great cause that stands for Adecco’s corporate values. In their free time, Adecco employees, associates and clients will clock up kilometres on their bikes and turn them into a Group donation to foundations that improve the chances of disadvantaged young people to successfully enter the job market.

This year, funds will be raised for foundations in Argentina, Cambodia, Italy, Poland and Portugal. Additionally, Adecco employees will be giving their time by working as volunteers, support the foundations in their daily operations and share their expertise on the world of work.

Since the inception of the programme in 2010, Win4Youth sports events have been organized in over 60 countries. They have been the vehicle for raising money for youth employment and development programmes around the world: A total of more than one million Swiss Francs have been donated by the end of 2013.

After Kim Clijsters in 2010, Eddy Merckx in 2011, Marc Herremans in 2012 and Florence Gravellier in 2013, the inspirational godfather of Win4Youth 2014 will be Alex Zanardi, the former Italian car racing champion and Paralympic gold medal winner at the London 2012 games. Adecco is proud to have such a champion of sport and life watching over the program’s efforts.

In August, seventy Win4Youth ambassadors will again take part in the program’s yearly highlight: a cycling event on the Col du Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees, which is part of the Tour de France route. Participants will be training under the expert guidance of professional coaches.

Below find more information on the foundations supported by Win4Youth 2014:

Argentina: Cartoneros y sus Chicos

The foundation tutors children during and after school so that they can improve their education and their future possibilities in the world of work. Some children and adolescents also need help to reintegrate into the school system and complete their education.

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Cambodia: Friends-international

Friends-International works with marginalized urban children and youth, their families and communities helping them to become productive, independent citizens of their country. They take in all urban children and young people who are marginalized or lack opportunities. The foundation offers shelter and protection for children living and/or working on the streets, who take drugs, are affected by HIV/AIDS, are migrants, have been to prison, victims of multiple forms of abuse, domestic violence, or poverty.

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Poland: Polska Fundacja Dzieci I Młodzieży

The foundation ensures that youngsters from small villages get the right schooling. Giving them the same chance as others and the life-skills to face the future. They help teachers, parents and local organizations to create a youth-friendly environment in which these youngsters can develop.

Find out more:

Portugal: Ajuda de Mãe

Teenage mothers receive advice and guidance so that they can take care of their children and prevent future unwanted pregnancies. They are supported to get an education and the qualifications that will enable them to enter the world of work and provide for their babies.

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The foundation makes artificial limbs for children who have undergone amputations and do not have access to proper healthcare. These children come from all over the world and have lost one or more limbs as a result of accidents, illness or injuries from explosives or firearms in war zones.

Find out more:

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