More than 850 Barclays colleagues and customers took part in the walk on 30 September 2010, raising more than £80,000 to support vulnerable children in Rwanda and London.
Building on the success of last year’s walks in London and Manchester, which raised more than £60,000 to help UNICEF improve educational facilities and create a ‘child-friendly’ learning environment at 50 schools across Rwanda, participants in the 2010 Barclays Take One Small Step into the Night walk followed the stars on a 10-kilometre route across central London.
While colleagues took in the sights and sounds of the City, they raised money for UNICEF and UK broadcaster Heart Radio's Have a Heart charity. They were joined by a host of celebrities, including adventurer and UNICEF ambassador Charley Boorman, former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, former judge on UK singing competition The X Factor's Brian Friedman, singer Sinita, European sprint record holder Dwain Chambers and actress Ali Bastion.
The walk started from Potters Field, behind London’s City Hall, and take participants past landmarks such as Tower Bridge, the Bank of England, Trafalgar Square and the Tate Modern.
The initiative reflects a commitment made in November 2008, when colleagues from 47 countries voted for Rwanda to be the focus of Barclays fundraising activities, as part of a £5m global community investment partnership with UNICEF.