cievents launches inaugural ‘Hike for Light’ executive retreat

In an Australian first, cievents has launched a new team-building event in partnership with SolarBuddy and On Track Expeditions.

The ‘Hike for Light’ executive retreat was developed as part of cievents and SolarBuddy’s goal of gifting 45,000 lights to children across Vanuatu.

cievents global general manager Natalie Simmons said the program provides a unique experience for corporate teams where they have the opportunity to make a positive difference for communities and help achieve the overall goal of taking Vanuatu out of energy poverty over the coming 18 months.

“As an agency, we are passionate about creating experiences that engage and inspire, so to be able to develop a unique program designed around a shared experience with real purpose was a very exciting opportunity,” she said.

“This engaging, hands-on experience will provide teams the opportunity to learn about energy poverty, raise funds for solar lights and distribute them to the children. The children are then able to study once the sun goes down, improving education, providing a better health environment and creating brighter futures.”

While on this program, teams will hike through jungle landscapes while learning about the culture of Vanuatu. Other elements of the program include an insight and contribution into local sustainability issues and a night camping to experience the hospitality of a local village. Their experience will be led by the experts at On Track Expeditions who have been a leader in remote and adventure trekking since 2010.

The highlight of the program will see teams personally deliver solar lights to children to help them study after dark and experience first-hand the impact these lights will have on the children of Vanuatu.

The cievents team and SolarBuddy’s CEO and founder Simon Doble were able to experience this program firsthand in May this year.

“Seeing the impact with our own eyes was a highlight of this unique experience and something our team will never forget,” said Simmons.

“We can’t wait to open up this opportunity to companies across Australia and New Zealand with plans to offer this program globally in the coming 12 months addressing other communities living in energy poverty across the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and South Africa.”