Community Support

Also this year Lydian supports the Legal Run 2016.  The Lydian lawyers will run for ‘Les Enfants de Salus Sanguinis’, a non-profit organization that supports children to get through their disease without losing sight of what makes them happy.

Lydian is a firm believer in contributing to the local community and the wider world. Our Community Support programme enables us to put our belief into action and take advantage of our knowledge, skills, resources, time and energy to help others. 

In 2015 Lydian allocated the budget for Season’s greetings cards to the Belgian non-profit organisation Stop Colon Cancer. The organisation's mission is "Sharing knowledge can save lives" in order to convince everyone that early detection of colon cancer can save lives. 

Also in 2015 Lydian supported the Legal Run 2015. Eight Lydian lawyers ran for ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir, a non-profit organization that provides motivation-centered education to children from underprivileged neighborhoods in Brussels to promote talent and provide directions. 

In 2014 Lydian allocated the budget for Season’s greetings cards to the Constant Vanden Stock Foundation. A charity that supports ill, disabled or disadvantaged children.

Earlier in 2014, another project we supported was the Legal Run 2014. Each Spring, runners from numerous international law firms take to the streets of Brussels on the occasion of the “Brussels 20 km” run to raise money for charity under the banner of the Legal Run.  This event, now in its tenth year, continues to thrive, uniting the Brussels legal community in support of a common good cause. In 2014 we were proud to be running for: La Maisons des Gais Lurons, a holiday centre for ill children from precarious backgrounds. As well as helping the children, we are also happy to manifest solidarity with the other Brussels firms in this project.

Last year we opted to allocate our budget for greeting cards to the UN World Food Programme, currently helping the survivors in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan’s recent devastation. With so many people in need, we are happy that our contribution will help the world's largest humanitarian agency.

Earlier in 2013, another project we supported was the Legal Run 2013. Each Spring, runners from numerous international law firms take to the streets of Brussels on the occasion of the “Brussels 20 km” run to raise money for charity under the banner of the Legal Run.  This event, now in its ninth year, continues to thrive, uniting the Brussels legal community in support of a common good cause. In 2013 we were proud to be running for: ‘t Vosje, a multi-sports association for persons with a mental disability. It was set up in 1990 by parents of youths and adults with a mental disability. As well as helping these youths and adults, we are also happy to manifest solidarity with the other Brussels firms in this project.

In 2012 we decided to support Make-A-Wish. As in previous years we did this by not sending season’s greeting cards. This enabled us to donate our budget to this charity. Make-A-Wish works hard to help make the wishes of children who are battling life-threatening illness come true, and hereby give them hope, courage and especially joy. Below, one of our staff members gives a personal account of what Make-A-Wish has meant to her grandchild.

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tatement of one of Lydian’s staff members
In April 2010, Fran, our then four-year-old granddaughter suddenly fell ill, seriously ill. She was eventually diagnosed with leukaemia. From then on, nothing would be the same for our Fran: months spent in hospital, the devastating effects of chemotherapy and a lot of drugs, day in, day out.
Throughout that time, the University Hospital’s medical staff performed wonders. Together with Cliniclowns and Make-A-Wish, they helped our granddaughter fight this uphill battle. A few months ago, a wish Fran had came true thanks to Make-A-Wish:  she got to see in the flesh Merel and Amika of the eponymous TV series.  It was a day never to be forgotten.
Today Fran is well. Make-A-Wish gives sick children more than light at the end of the tunnel when they’re down; time and time again, the organisation succeeds in lifting their spirits higher than the clouds.

As well as sponsoring Make-A-Wish Lydian supported the organisation of a Christmas Benefit Concert in Antwerp. Together with Capital at Work and PWC we made a contribution to help a family severely hit by health and financial problems.

Earlier in 2012, another project we supported was the Legal Run 2012. Each Spring, runners from numerous international law firms take to the streets of Brussels on the occasion of the “Brussels 20 km” run to raise money for charity under the banner of the Legal Run.  This event, now in its eighth year, continues to thrive, uniting the Brussels legal community in support of a common good cause. In 2012 we were proud to be running for: Une Note Pour Chacun, an organization that helps hospitalized children or children with a disability to forget about their health problems through musical activities such as musical entertainment, concerts, learning or building an instrument, or writing a song – a playful learning programme which can serve as a therapeutic aid or simply a way of bringing a smile to the face of a child in distress. As well as helping the children, we are also happy to manifest solidarity with the other Brussels firms in this project.

Music For Life 2011 was one of the first projects we officially supported thanks to our Community Support Programme. We did this by deciding not to send Christmas cards in 2011 and, instead, opting to communicate our Christmas wishes via e-mail, we donated our card budget to this initiative. Music For Life is a project of radio station Studio Brussel supporting the Red Cross in its fight against childhood diarrhea, sadly, still the leading cause of child death worldwide. Music For Life has been inspirational since its launch six years ago and we were proud to support it.