After summitting Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Personiv leadership team, led by David Lesniak, CEO presented Miracle Foundation with $20K to further their mission of helping orphans worldwide.
Austin-based Personiv and Miracle Foundation leadership joined together on June 6, 2019, to celebrate Personiv’s $20K donation to Miracle Foundation, an organization that provides life-changing care to orphans around the world, with funds raised through Personiv CEO David Lesniak’s ‘Trek for a Cause’. Personiv’s leadership team climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa to its summit at 19,341 feet in March, with all nine members reaching the top on March 8, 2019.
“One of the key tenants of Personiv is supporting the communities where we live and work. With this in mind, I wanted to make our trip to Tanzania a source of good for our communities in and around Personiv’s India locations,” Lesniak said. “We are pleased to present the Miracle Foundation with this donation that will help children in need on a global scale. The alignment of our values, company cultures, and worldwide locations created the perfect opportunity for a strong partnership of our organizations, right here in Austin.”
The fundraising effort for Miracle Foundation began well before the trek, with Lesniak, his team and contributors from around the world raising both money and awareness for the non-profit organization, which actively collaborates with governments, other non-profits, and local family-strengthening organizations to transform systems and give the nearly 1 million children they have helped, a voice.
Trek For a Cause
“Personiv is a perfect partner for Miracle. We move and climb mountains every day to help orphaned children reach their full potential,” Caroline Boudreaux, Founder of Miracle Foundation said. “Personiv climbed a literal mountain in order to bring awareness to the plight of orphans. Thank you to everyone who worked to support children who need the love of a good parent. Your partnership changed lives.”
The official Trek for a Cause began March 1, and ran for 48 miles up to the famed Uhuru Peak, with seven days of hiking prior to the 15-hour summit day. The full Mount Kilimanjaro Personiv team consisted of David Lesniak, Mike Murphy, Vishal Bora, Paulo Cheung, Fred John, Matt Wood, John Nichols, David Graham, and Lydia Adams, all of whom made it to the top at 19,341 feet after a grueling overnight trek. The summit day began at midnight, while the team trekked the final 5,000 feet in the dark to the peak stopping only to see the sunrise and summitting at 8:30 a.m.
“This was a stretch goal. It was tough, mentally challenging and for many of us, the most physically demanding thing we’ve ever done. But what we learned up there can be applied to all aspects of our lives, including the goals we have as a business,” Lesniak said. “At Personiv, we reach for the summit. We do what others can’t, and we make sure that we never settle for second-best. Together we have made a difference for many of these children.”
The Personiv Trek for a Cause was planned as part of the Personiv pillars of focusing on their people and giving back to their communities. Their nearly 3,000 worldwide employees enjoy such engagement activities as treks in the Himalayas, cruises, rewards and recognitions events, opportunities to give back and more through a finely executed company culture focused on employee investment.
Miracle Foundation provides life-changing care to orphaned and vulnerable children around the world by advocating for their rights as children. As more than 80% of orphans have living family members, they also help reunify children with their families whenever possible through their “Child-first Approach”. Donations can be made on their website, https://www.miraclefoundation.org/donate/.
About Miracle Foundation
The Miracle Foundation is an Austin, TX-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that transforms the lives of orphan children and empowers them to reach their full potential by revolutionizing the way orphanages are run, funded and managed. Launched on Mother’s Day in 2000, The Miracle Foundation partners with existing orphanages to implement its proven and systematic method that turns struggling, institutional orphanages into stable, loving, nurturing homes where children can thrive and truly change the story of their lives. The organization is implementing a world-changing idea for orphans everywhere, centered on its “12 Rights of an Orphan Child” philosophy.
Personiv provides quality outsourced services to companies around the world by developing key processes and systems designed to save time and money. From finance and accounting to digital and creative, their teams of highly skilled talent stand ready to complete projects with quality and confidence, allowing customers to focus on goal-reaching strategic priorities. With nearly 35 years of experience, and site locations in four countries, Personiv hires, trains and retains top talent to provide customized, global solutions. For more information, visit www.personiv.com.
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