More than 120 Property professionals from across Wales took part in Wales Property Traithlon to raise money for homeless.
Suits were swapped for cycling shorts, swimming goggles and running shoes, for more than 120 property professionals in this years Wales Property Triathlon, which raised over £6,500 for Wale’s homeless.
Organised by family firm Jehu Group, the annual triathlon was this year in aid of chosen charity of the year, Llamau, who support and empower those experiencing homelessness.
The triathlon was started in honour of former Jehu Group employee, Hugh Walker. The family-run construction and property firm has raised thousands of pounds in his honour, with Brain Tumour Research selected as the company’s charity of the year for 2014 and 2015.
This year’s event, hosted at Pencoed Pool and Rugby Club, included individual competitors as well as teams of three, with separate members swimming, cycling and running.
Staff from the Jehu Group and Waterstone Homes, together with many of their clients including Principality Building Society, Berry Smith, Coastal Housing Group and Newydd Housing Association, took part in the sprint triathlon, which involved a 500m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run in the Bridgend area.
Following a number of fundraising activities, such as a property band night and an auction in June, the total figure raised by the company for the home charity is over £10,000.
Elin Evans, Corporate & Community Fundraiser at Llamau said: “Homelessness is sadly a frightening reality for thousands of people across Wales and an issue that we are working hard to combat. Last year, Llamau supported over 5,000 vulnerable women and young people. This year we have supported over 8,000 people in desperate need of our services.
“The demand on our services increases year on year and we are extremely thankful to Jehu Group for selecting Llamau as its charity of the year and raising awareness of a very important issue. It was great to see such a fantastic turnout today and the money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of our service users and will help us to continue to be there for the people who need our help.”
Managing Director at Jehu Group, Simon Jehu, said: “Every year our triathlon gets larger in scale and it’s been humbling to see such a great attendance at this year’s triathlon, all in support of such a brilliant charity.
“As a family company, and with our personal ties to the history of the triathlon, the annual event is very close to our hearts and we are passionate about raising money for important causes. With an estimated 140,000 people having experienced homelessness in Wales in the last year, this is an issue that can affect anybody. We are pleased to raise such a significant sum for Llamau. It is vital that the charity can continue to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and we hope our efforts will help make this happen.”
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