When Richmark Holdings sets out to “Make a Difference” then nothing can stand in the way. This August, the Head of Marketing and Events at Richmark Holdings, Tanya Harvey, took part in the SheEO SleepOut™, which was the 2017 Special Chapter of the CEO SleepOut™. In true Richmark style, Harvey rose to the chal-lenge of raising as much money as possible for the beneficiary of the sleepout, Doors of Hope, a shelter for vulnerable and abandoned children. Her efforts were rewarded when she was nominated as the Leading Agent of Change for the 2017 SheEO SleepOut™. On Tuesday the 5th of December, at a ceremony including The Philanthropic Collection™ representatives and her colleagues and peers, Harvey was presented with the prestigious Stop Sign Award in recognition of her contribu-tion to the 2017 event and the difference she has made in the lives of the aban-doned children that Doors of Hope works with.
The CEO Sleepout™ is a global humanitarian effort that encourages business leaders and influential people to experience the difficulties of spending a winter’s night sleeping outdoors, so that they can empathise with the less fortunate who en-dure this on a daily basis. Each sleepout event asks participants to pledge money and to raise additional funds that can be donated to a worthy cause. South Africa has been running the CEO Sleepout™ with great success for several years and in 2017, the ante was upped with a special event aimed at inspirational South African women: The SheEO SleepOut™.
Having participated in the 2016 sleepout, founder of Richmark Holdings and well-known South African philanthropist Gavin Varejes immediately encouraged Harvey to enter. He says, “Tanya is an incredible force at Richmark, a dynamic and intelli-gent woman who accomplishes anything that she sets her mind to. I knew that she would do us proud at the sleepout and she has, having pulled out all the stops to become the leading fundraiser of the event. Well done, Tanya, we are so im-pressed!”
Both Varejes and Harvey have reiterated what an impact the sleepout experience has made on them. As Harvey notes, “As someone who has the opportunity to go out and make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate, this experi-ence was a big reminder to constantly strive to make a difference. Thank you to Gavin Varejes and Richmark Holdings for the nomination and the support and thank you to The Philanthropic Collection™ for hosting this amazing and worthy event.”
Issued By: Philippa Harvey