On Saturday 24th March, Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs competed on the Championship Course in London at The 2018 Cancer Research UK Boat Race, supported by BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management.
Congratulations to all the rowers in this year's Boat Races, especially to Cambridge, winners of both the Cancer Research UK Boat Race and the Cancer Research UK Women's Boat Race.
BNY Mellon has sponsored the Men's Boat Race, which takes place annually between the crews of Oxford and Cambridge universities on the River Thames in London, since 2013.
Over the past six years, our support has helped to deliver some groundbreaking firsts focused on driving positive societal change and pioneering a new model for corporate sponsorships.
BNY Mellon is committed to diversity, inclusion and equality, so it was a very special moment when, in 2015, we oversaw a historic first by bringing gender parity to the Boat Races.
Working with one of our investment management boutiques and long-time sponsor of the Women's Boat Race, Newton Investment Management, we helped to bring the women's race to the same Championship Course, on the same day as the men's race, with equality in stature and funding.
Through our support, the Oxford and Cambridge women’s clubs were able to provide professional, full-time coaches along with first-class facilities and funding to match the men’s clubs.
In 2016, in another world first, BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management donated their title sponsorship of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races to Cancer Research UK, the chosen charity partner of the Boat Races Company Ltd.
Since then a number of related fundraising initiatives have been implemented in aid of Cancer Research UK and the charity continues to gain important exposure through the Cancer Research UK Boat Race, helping to raise public awareness of the organisation’s vital work. In 2017, we joined forces with the asset management community to launch a fundraising initiative called CASCAID and, along with other firms in the industry, helped to raise more than £2.5m for Cancer Research UK.
This year, BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management are committed to continuing to promote diversity and inclusion within the sport. Through the launch of a community outreach project ‘Future Blues’, we are supporting state school participation in rowing in the four London boroughs that border the Boat Race Championship Course.
BNY Mellon is committed to improving lives through investing. Through our continued support for the Cancer Research UK Boat Race, our investment can continue to effect greater societal change in 2018.
The Cancer Research UK Boat Race replay is available on the official Boat Race website and on BBC iPlayer.