CBRE Partners with LandAid to Help Get Lives Back on Track

London, 23 October 2009 – CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has joined leading charity LandAid in the launch of a new partnership to help young and disadvantaged people to rebuild their lives.

As Foundation Partner, CBRE has committed £30,000 over three years and joins other leading property companies in support of the new initiative, including Argent, Derwent London, British Land, Great Portland Estates, Frogmore, MEPC, Helical Bar plc, Grosvenor, PRUPIM, Targetfollow, Segro, Land Securities and Hammerson.

Mike Strong, CBRE’s EMEA CEO & Chairman, said: “LandAid is the leading charity of the UK property industry and we are delighted to be partnering with them to invest in our community and engage in a meaningful way with young and disadvantaged people to help get their lives back on track.”

“LandAid has made a tangible difference to the lives of young people through their work with Centrepoint and have enabled young people to learn new skills and gain recognised qualifications.”

“As well as our corporate financial commitment, CBRE staff will also be supporting LandAid’s fundraising events such as the annual Party near the Park and Fun Run.”

Established in 1986 by a group of volunteers who were initially inspired by Bob Geldof’s LiveAid, the charity now uses the property industry’s combined resources, expertise and influence to help raise funds and source and procure development projects.

In the last 12 months, more than £1 million has been committed to establish five Centres in London, working with youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. The Centres provide homeless young people with new learning facilities, specialist staff support and training opportunities.”

The Foundations for Life Centres are:
•Camberwell Foyer, South London – supporting 275 young people from Lewisham, Southwark, Sutton and Greenwich
•Greek Street, Central London – supporting 26 young residents
•Haberdashers, South London – supporting 7 young residents
•Berwick Street, Central London – supporting 27 young residents
•Bruce House, Central London – supporting 49 young residents and 115 disadvantaged living in Westminster.

For further information visit the LandAid website