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Real estate sector supports autistic people

Cushman & Wakefield’s Second Blue Charity Run kicked off at 10 a.m. on 24 April 2018 to support the Foundation and the Integrated Kindergarten Mądre Główki. 52 people took part in the five-kilometre run through the city of Warsaw. Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield donated PLN 10 for each kilometre run by each participant. Runners included the firm’s employees and representatives of the Foundation.

April is an autism awareness month and, shortly after the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, Cushman & Wakefield organised the Blue Charity Run for the second year in a row to raise funds for the Foundation and the Integrated Kindergarten Mądre Główki.

This year’s route ran along four checkpoints at the projects being constructed by Warsaw’s leading office developers: Echo Investment, Ghelamco, HB Reavis and Skanska. The start line was at 53 Emilii Plater Street, right at the doorstep of the Lumen building, which houses one of Cushman & Wakefield’s two offices, while the finish line was at the patio of Metropolitan, the firm’s other location. The checkpoints for the runners included Varso Place, which is currently under construction, Generation Park X at 36 Prosta Street, the neon sign “I love Warsaw” at Europejski Square and the saleroom of Browary Warszawskie at 58 Grzybowska Street.

Finishing the run mattered the most. Those unable to run the whole five-kilometre long distance were free to walk along or ride on roller skates, bicycles, skateboards or kick scooters. Cushman & Wakefield paid the Mądre Główki Foundation PLN 10 for each kilometre completed by the participants, but other firms invited to take part in the event were free to set their own rates to help those in need. The funds raised thanks to the commitment of all the employees, developers and representatives of the Foundation totalled PLN 4 000.

“I am confident that the two recent editions of the Blue Charity Run weren’t the last ones and I look forward to seeing more runners at the start line next year. I hope it will become a permanent fixture on the real estate market’s events calendar, and all the more so because helping others is so important,” said Charles Taylor, Head of Cushman & Wakefield Poland.

The Foundation and the Integrated Kindergarten Mądre Główki regularly support families and children affected by autism and organise educational programs and workshops on autism.