Running for a Good Cause
Almost 1,000 runners at the 3rd “Office City Run” organized by Cargo Human Care e.V. in Frankfurt-Niederrad / Net proceeds to fund the building of a preschool in Nairobi
Frankfurt, 25 August 2017
Almost 1,000 runners took part in the “Office City Run” organized by Cargo Human Care e.V. (CHC) in Frankfurt-Niederrad yesterday. The net proceeds will go towards funding the construction of a preschool for 100 children in an impoverished neighbourhood of Nairobi. Early estimates suggest they will be well above 20,000 euros. The event was initiated by the Cargo Bulls division of the Lufthansa Sports Club in cooperation with the regional initiative, “Standort-Initiative Neues Niederrad SINN e.V.”.
“We’re overwhelmed by the high number of participants and can now definitely say that the City Office Run has established itself. That of course makes us very happy, as every cent that the runners and sponsors donate to Cargo Human Care today with their entry fees benefits children in Kenya,” stated Fokko Doyen, initiator and first Chairman of Cargo Human Care, at the event. “Our aim with the Happy Children Education Center is to provide the poorest children in one of Nairobi’s slums with the opportunity of a secure preschool education.” The construction of the school is scheduled to be completed in mid-2018. The funding for the new primary school will be provided in equal parts by CHC, the help alliance (the aid organization of the Lufthansa Group and its employees) and the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation.
The starting pistol for the colourful flock of runners was fired by Frankfurt City Council Member Matthias Mehl and Lufthansa Cargo CEO and Chairman Peter Gerber. “I’m very pleased to see the Office City Run now taking place for the third year in a row, as it underlines the outstanding and valuable commitment of so many Lufthansa staff. It will directly benefit those in need in Nairobi and hopefully continue to enrich Niederrad and the airport with an increasingly popular annual event in the future,” commented Peter Gerber on the event. Over 100 Lufthansa Cargo staff ran the five or ten kilometre runs for a good cause. The Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board
doubled the collected amount with a donation matching the entry fees of their staff. The other running teams came from other divisions of the Lufthansa Group, and various customers and service providers of the Lufthansa Group’s cargo subsidiary.
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