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On Sunday morning more than 100 Amadeus employees took to the streets of two of our home cities – Madrid and Nice – running an estimated 1,500km combined to raise funds for charity.
In Madrid, about 100 colleagues participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon over 10K, half-marathon or the full 26.2 miles! More Amadeus folks and supporters lined the streets of the city to cheer their colleagues on, contributing to a fantastic atmosphere on a sunny day.
Serious fund-raising for the Madrid runners has been in full swing for weeks as we sought to reach a target of €15,000 to be split between two charities, the Asociacion Española Contra el Cancer and Magic Bus .
The AECC was chosen in support of a number of our colleagues who are currently being treated for cancer – one of whom came to support us on Sunday morning, proving to be a great inspiration!
The AECC works with professionals and volunteers to help patients and families suffering from cancer from diagnosis to treatment. They offer free temporary accommodation for cancer patients (adults and children) and their families who need to move to Madrid from other locations around Spain to receive treatment.
Funds raised by Amadeus will go towards supporting a residence and programme, minimising the financial burden on patients who are suffering from the disease and providing support to patients and families throughout the entire programme: psychological support, transport, leisure activities.
The Magic Bus charity, for which one of our runners did volunteer work, enables some of the world's poorest families to move out of poverty. Through the use of a mentoring model and a sport-based curriculum, it engages children and ensures that they make the right choices so that they have a constructive journey from childhood all the way through towards better and dignified livelihoods as adults. Amadeus will support the expansion of the charity’s activities in Bangalore, where the company has a major development centre.
Among the fund-raising initiatives in Madrid was a bake sale that raised more than €800 – Madrileños love their cake! – and a number of chocolate y churros breakfasts. If cakes continue to be consumed at this rate for the rest of 2014, a lot more colleagues will need to run next year!
Sarah Braybrooke, who ran the half marathon in an impressive time of two hours and one minute, described the experience as ‘exhilarating’.
“The day, the weather, the people, the support, it was amazing. There was a fantastic ambience. There was also a feeling that we were doing something good and contributing,” she said.
Our four colleagues in Nice, ran the 10K race in the 23rd Semi-Marathon International de Nice , so far raising more than €1,300 for Cancer Research UK and Meningitis Now . Their achievement was particularly remarkable given it was their first experience of running.
Rachel Barsby, from the Group Events Management team in Nice completed her first 10K in one hour and 12 minutes.
“To think that 2 months ago none of us were runners, we all completed the race in very respectable times and the sense of achievement is just fantastic. It was definitely a challenge, but running together as a team pulled us through and got us across the finish line!” she said. “Personally, the fact that we were running to raise money for a cancer charity was about the only reason I was persuaded into it, and to think we've currently raised more than €1300 just adds to the great feeling we all have now! Bring on the next team challenge: maybe the half marathon next year!”
Congratulations to all the Amadeus runners and the tens of thousands of others who competed in Nice and Madrid on Sunday!