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KPMG Support Cycle for water

KPMG Support Cycle for water

Two bamboo bicycles, 395 days, 25,000 kilometers

Two bamboo bicycles, 395 days, 25,000 kms and one goal

Around the world on a bamboo bicycle: KPMG-sponsored Cycle For Water completes its Paris to NZ adventure, raising awareness for water scarcity

With the mission to raise awareness of water scarcity and the importance of clean water for sustainable development, the KPMG-sponsored Cycle for Water has completed its epic 25,000 km, 15-month cycle ride around the world, finishing in Bluff, the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. 

The Cycle for Water team started in Toulouse, France, in July last year. The team, made up of Théo Rohfritsch and Simon Valdenaire, has been doing KPMG events in many countries it has visited. 

The final leg of the ride commenced in Auckland on September 1 and finished on October 6, after cycling 1,600 km through Hamilton, Taupo, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, Dunedin and Invercargill, where the team was welcomed by the city’s Mayor, Tim Shadbolt. 

This is the second time KPMG has been the expedition sponsor of Cycle for Water. The first was down the Pan-American Highway. On this latest adventure, 15 KPMG member firms supported Cycle for Water, arranging events to raise awareness of the global water crisis with KPMG people, clients and local communities. The Cycle for Water team not only provided a great opportunity to engage colleagues and to demonstrate KPMG’s wider Purpose, it has also been used to help gain positive media attention and raise more than €10,000 for clean water programs in South East Asia. 

To mark the completion for this Cycle for Water, a final crowd funding campaign was launched in support of World Vision’s water and sanitation programs in Indonesia.

Global water crisis

  • More than 650 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. 
  • According to the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is the number one global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation)
  • Drought, floods, sanitisation, pollution, lack of access to clean water all contribute to the crisis
  • Global demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030 
  • Up to 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitisation conditions.
  • 1 in 5 deaths of children under 5 in developing countries is due to water related disease. 
  • 1,400 children a day die each year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • KPMG is committed to improving communities and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which include investment in water management and infrastructure.