Beach volleyball tournament raises 767,000 zł for charity

JLL team poses for a photo at the 9th edition of the beach volleyball tournament.
Perfect beach weather attracted a record number of participants to the 9th Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament organised by JLL at La Playa Music Bar in Warsaw.

Every summer, the real estate sector sets ‘out-of-the-office’ replies to spend the day at a tropical paradise across the river. This year’s competition was fierce as 56 teams and 392 players took part in the tournament. Despite the high temperatures, players fought for the title and coworkers and family members cheered from the sidelines to build morale. The winning team was DEKADA/BOIG with PZU and MLP GROUP S.A. claiming second and third place.

The event, overseen by the Polish Volleyball Federation, raised a record-breaking 767,000 zł which has been donated to Stowarzyszenie Rodziców i Przyjaciół Dzieci Niewidomych i Słabowidzących “Tęcza” (“Rainbow Association of Parents and Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired Children”). Team registration fees and the auction of items from sponsors and individual donations collected on the day amounted to 667,000 zł and an additional 100,000 zł was later added by Globalworth.

The winners were DEKADA/BOIG.

“The size of the total raised at this year’s event went way beyond our expectations. We expected that the 9th edition of the tournament would attract even more participants and allow us to collect a record-breaking amount. However, we had no idea that this year’s total would surpass last year’s result by a staggering 388,000 PLN,” said Tomasz Trzósło, Managing Director, JLL Poland. “In addition, this year’s charity was just as competitive as the action on the court. I wish to thank all the players, attendees, sponsors and patrons for their active participation and generosity, and representatives of Panattoni, Globalworth, Gleeds, BNP Paribas Real Estate and JLL for their enormous contributions. It is a truly fantastic feeling to see how each year the entire real estate industry comes together for such a great cause – to help the youngest ones in our society.”

The Rainbow Association was founded in 1990 and currently has rehabilitation and educational facilities for disabled infants, children and adults. Anna Witarzewska, president of the association said they help children who are blind, partially sighted or have visual problems. “These are children who require support 24 hours a day and we often assist them from birth to the end of their lives, said Witarzewska. The facilities provide daily care, therapy, education, entertainment and trips. She said this was her first time attending the tournament and was very impressed with the turnout. Thanks to the donation, the children’s centre on Kopinska street in Ochota, Warsaw will be modernised, a sensory therapy garden will be constructed next to the building and ophthalmologist diagnostic equipment will be purchased.

The president of the Rainbow Association accepted the donation.

Approximately 2,000 people attended the entire event and according to JLL, the total raised by the tournament over its nine years now stands at 2.3 million zł. Members from across the real estate sector take part in this summer activity to network, bring their children and support a local foundation.

“The JLL Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament is an extraordinary initiative – it delivers only positive aspects for the real estate sector. No matter the type of company, it gives an opportunity to jointly support those in need,” said Anita Pietrykowska, Marketing & Communications Director, Panattoni Europe. “The venue itself and competition atmosphere only add up to the excitement. That’s why it’s becoming more and more popular. Panattoni Europe took part in at least five editions and it always brings a lot of joy to our team, especially when our CEO surprises us at the evening party with further, large contributions to the main charity cause. We will definitely take part next year!”

Before heading on the court, Edyta Stromidło, Project Manager at JLL, said this was her fourth edition of the tournament and she has definitely seen an increase in interest in the event. “Companies are engaging a lot more and we have players who train regularly and meet up for matches before the tournament,” sad Stromidło.

“We are especially excited by tournament games. Honestly, it is simply good fun. It is not only a thrilling sporting competition, but also a great opportunity to meet people from our industry in a sporting, informal, different than usual atmosphere,” said Paweł Słupski, PR Coordinator, Echo Investment. “From one volleyball clash to another, we may find time to get to know new people, network and spend time pleasantly. Particularly important is the fact that the event is charitable and an impressive amount of money for people in need is collected every year thanks to the engagement of all players.”

Photos: JLL

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