A record-setting $340,000 raised from the 7th Annual Safelite Challenge will be donated to Afrika Tikkun, a charitable organization co-founded by Bertie Lubner who also was the co-founder of Safelite AutoGlass’ parent company, Belron.
Nearly 400 people from throughout the world traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the 7th Annual Safelite Challenge—a volunteer-led fundraiser that invited attendees to participate in an individual or team triathlon or duathlon, a 5K fun walk, a motorcycle poker run, a virtual race, or an online silent auction.
Afrika Tikkun was founded 20 years ago, soon after the emergence of democracy in South Africa in 1995, to actively address the consequences of decades of institutionalized oppression, according to the company. Recognizing that the youth of the country would become the future leaders of South Africa, the founders’ vision of a sustainable uplifting of children and youth from the most devastated communities immediately won the personal support of President Nelson Mandela as its founding patron.
Each year, four young adults within the Afrika Tikkun system are selected to travel to the U.S. to participate in the charity event and mentoring programs within Safelite.
“It’s absolutely humbling to talk with the bright young men and women who travel from South Africa to participate in the Challenge alongside us,” says Brian DiMasi, Safelite’s corporate counsel and volunteer lead for the event. “Knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of children giving them hope is an amazing reward in and of itself. The Safelite Challenge is also a wonderful opportunity to engage our people in a fun and healthy event.”
The Safelite Challenge has raised more than $2 million for Afrika Tikkun since its inception.
“I am once again inspired by the selflessness of Safelite’s people, friends, family and corporate sponsors who give so generously to support a good cause,” says Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite AutoGlass.