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Allianz employees raise funds for Mind with Stronger Together lockdown challenge

Press release   •   Jul 31, 2020 10:08 BST

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Allianz colleagues across the UK have covered the distance of 140,785 km during its ‘Stronger Together’ campaign, raising £30,000 for charity partner Mind – the mental health charity.

Over the past two months, the ‘Stronger Together’ challenge has provided employees with a way to stay connected and motivated during lockdown. Using an app teams have been logging their fitness activities to compete for prizes and earn charity points, which raise funds for Mind. Exercising employees mentally and physically the activities have ranged from socially distanced runs to indoor activities such as squat and plank mini challenges and even energetic housework.

Almost 900 Allianz and LV= General Insurance colleagues took part in the campaign, together covering a total distance equivalent to 3.5 times around the world.

Carolyn Rich, head of brand management and social responsibility, Allianz Insurance, said: “We’ve had such an incredible response to our Stronger Together challenge and I’m really proud of what has been achieved. In the current environment, it’s really important that we support the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees, so I’m really delighted that this campaign has bought benefits to so many colleagues. The fact that at the same time we have raised a sizeable donation for our charity partner Mind is brilliant.”

Allianz is also giving employees the opportunity to continue their fitness journeys with a new challenge. In July the Allianz Group launched it’s global ‘World Run’ campaign, where

colleagues all over the world will compete to achieve the most miles or take part in a digital workout challenge, supporting the global charity SOS Children’s Villages in the process.

Rich added: “After the fantastic response we had to Stronger Together, I’m really excited to see what we can achieve together in the UK to support this fantastic global initiative.”

Emma Ihsan, head of corporate partnerships at Mind, said: “We are so grateful to the employees at Allianz for their hard work and dedication to the Stronger Together challenge. The money they have raised will allow us to continue providing our vital services such as Mind’s Infoline, which provides confidential information and advice on mental health, and the campaigning we do to get a better deal for the one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem each year. From everyone at Mind, thank you.”

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Notes to Editors:

About Mind

  • Mind, the mental health charity provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. www.mind.org.uk
  • Please note that Mind is not an acronym and should be set in title case.
  • Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)
  • Please contact the Mind Media Team for interviews or further information on 02085221743. For out of hours support please call 07850788514 or email the media team on media@mind.org.uk.
  • For access to a range of free images to accompany mental health news stories please visit: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/getthepicture. These images have been developed by the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, run by the charities.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 million retail and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 740 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage almost 1.6 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2019, over 147,000 employees achieved total revenues of 142 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.9 billion euros for the group.

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