RSM employees smash £100,000 target for VaccinAid

23 August 2021
Employees from RSM have smashed their £100,000 target, raising over £120,000 for VaccinAid. VaccinAid is a nationwide campaign launched by The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) and Crowdfunder, calling on the nation to ‘Give the world a shot’ to support the biggest vaccine drive in history - to fund and deliver nearly 2bn Covid-19 vaccines around the world.

Over 1,600 employees from the leading audit, tax and consulting firm took part in a ten-week fundraising challenge, raising enough money to provide 88,625 potentially life-saving vaccine doses.

Rob Donaldson, CEO at RSM said: ‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone here at RSM who has supported VaccinAid. I can think of no better investment than giving everyone in the world the opportunity to go about their daily lives with the same protection available to us in the UK. With new variants of the virus emerging regularly, no one is safe until everyone is safe. I’m so proud of the RSM team for their efforts which will help UNICEF save millions of lives around the world.’

In addition to the many generous donations, some colleagues chose to take the challenge to the next level. Corporate Tax Associate at RSM Southampton, Ben Angell completed the three peaks, while the RSM Leeds choir recorded their own version of ‘One Day’ to raise money and deliver a message of hope. RSM colleagues from around the UK took part in a range of activities, from walking and running to swimming and even knitting to raise funds. The RSM Foundation has pledged to match every penny donated by colleagues. The foundation partners with national and local charities whose purpose and values are similar to RSMs.

Steven Waugh, Interim Executive Director at the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) said: We are incredibly grateful for the support RSM UK, its employees and its charitable foundation have given to UNICEF UK’s VaccinAid campaign. These generous contributions are providing access to COVID-19 vaccines, irrespective of a country’s wealth.

By supporting UNICEF, RSM UK is playing a key role in ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments across the globe. The money raised could provide 88,625 COVID-19 vaccine doses to health workers, teachers or vulnerable people and truly make a difference to the lives of so many. On behalf of the entire UNICEF family, thank you. UNICEF would not be able to do the work we do without supporters like you.'