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DaVita Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title at the Largest-Ever Village Service Day
DaVita’s annual Villagewide meeting kicked off April 26 at the Colorado Convention Center with a massive community service project, known as a Village Service Day. During the event, DaVita established the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for most bicycles donated to charity in one hour by building and gifting 979 bikes to Denver-area children.
“Anyone who knows us, knows we’re a community first and a company second,” said Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita. “Our teammates seek opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life – whether that is a dialysis patient or a child in need. These bikes will not only benefit these children but will impact the health of our Denver community.”
More than 4,000 DaVita teammates participated in a bike-building lesson and then hand-built and donated the bikes in partnership with Be Legendary, a Boulder, Colorado based organization that provides community experiences for companies worldwide. Approximately 750 children who received bikes attended the event with their parents and counselors through Denver Kids, an organization that helps Denver Public Schools students who face personal challenges successfully complete school.
“I can’t even begin to describe how it made me feel to see the kids come in to get their new bikes,” said Cece Keller, a teammate at DaVita Tallahassee Dialysis. “I love it when we do stuff like this. I love that we care for each other and the community.”
DaVita teammates and their families and friends have volunteered nearly 140,000 hours through 3,600 community service projects since 2006. These service days take place throughout the country and the year. This Village Service Day constitutes DaVita’s largest-ever Village Service project to date and closely aligns with DaVita’s commitment to educating children about health, wellness and the benefits of being active.
Villagewide has been a DaVita tradition for 18 years. During the meeting, which runs through April 29 this year, teammates from around the world not only participate in a community service project, they also hear from senior leadership about company updates and clinical initiatives. Additionally, teammates engage in an array of personal development and education sessions. Between meetings, they learn about our ancillary businesses in the friendly, Fun (after all, Fun is one of our Core Values at DaVita!) and expo-like Village Square.