SAP NEWSBYTE — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announces today that SAP UK & Ireland has raised over €112,000 to support global inclusion in terms of education, sport and human rights. The annual SAP UK & Ireland Partner Charity Ball took place on Friday, 20th November at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey.
The charity ball was an opportunity for SAP partners to network with members of SAP UK & Ireland’s senior leadership team. Attendees included Cormac Watters, Managing Director of SAP UK & Ireland and Darren Roos, General Manager of EMEA North SAP.
SAP wanted to show support for the One4 project at the 2015 Partner Charity Ball, as a project supporting the UNHCR, an organisation that safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees. SAP has been extremely active in the refugee crisis since the start, with employees reaching out to The Imagine Dragons to create the One4 project in support of the efforts of the UNHCR. The second phase of SAP’s relief efforts, supported by the Charity Partner Ball, aims to prompt socio-economic development for refugees, through job opportunities, especially for youth, by expanding education partnerships.
SAP’s other chosen charities included the Good Future and Hope Foundation, that cares for orphans and street children, offering basic amenities and access to healthcare and education. SAP’s 2014 Charity Partner Ball funded the building of a school in Uganda where the terrain is a challenge, SAP will provide the school with a vehicle using funds raised in its 2015 Partner Ball to provide children with access.
SAP’s final cause was introduced by British sporting hero, Martine Wright, Captain of the British Women’s Olympic Sitting Volleyball team on the night. A survivor of the 7/7 bombings, Martine gave a moving speech about the importance of perseverance and determination in the face of adversity. The money raised at the Charity Partner Ball will enable the British Women’s Olympic Sitting Volleyball team to travel to matches and develop their team through international competition.
Cormac Watters said, “It was amazing to see so many partners rallying together to support us in raising funds for these extremely worthwhile causes. The strength and generosity of our partner ecosystem has immense capabilities, when we come together as a team, we can drive change for the better.”
Andy Myers, chief financial officer at McLaren Technology Group said: “McLaren is proud to have worked with SAP to host an event to support causes that bring together sport, education and the chance to widen opportunities.
“It was inspiring to hear Martine speak and also to witness the commitment to making a positive difference from all those who attended such a fantastic evening.”
McLaren Technology Group and SAP have had a co-innovation partnership since 1997. Through the use of SAP solutions, including HANA Enterprise Cloud, McLaren aims to boost its agility and flexibility to improve operational efficiencies. SAP and the McLaren Honda Formula One team are also working to harness real-time data analytics.
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