Step by step for a good cause

450 sports fans competed in the first Niederrad Office City Run for the charity project Cargo Human Care on August 27.

Feet up after a long day’s work? Out of the question for the motivated runners who gathered at the sportsgrounds in Niederrad after work last Thursday. The run was for a good cause with all net proceeds going to the charity organisation Cargo Human Care e.V. according to the motto of the event: “Step by Step. Giving Children a Future”. CEO Peter Gerber blew the starting whistle together with HR1 radio presenter Marion Kuchenny and Jan Fitschen, multiple German champion and 2006 European Champion over 10,000 metres.

Despite oppressively hot and humid weather and summer rain everybody was in good spirits. After finishing the race the runners were soaked in sweat but full of enthusiasm: “The course was easy to run and everything was very well organised”, commented the two Lufthansa Cargo staff members Clemens Bauer and Anne Geiger. Dr. Anselm Eggert, Programme agrees: “Thumbs up for the great campaign. It was really lots of fun!”. And the organisers were also more than happy: “450 runners, 1,000 litres of water and over 3,700 smiling faces”, concluded Christopher Biaesch, and thanked all the participants and hard-working helpers in Swahili: “Asante Sana”.

“Christopher Biaesch has organised an outstanding running event with a highly dedicated team of almost one hundred helpers. I was really impressed by how hundreds of runners and helpers enjoyed giving Cargo Human Care all the support they could”, a happy Fokko Doyen, CHC Chairman and Fleet Commander MD-11F at Lufthansa Cargo, commented on the keen participation.

According to first estimates the event raised around 8,000 euros for Cargo Human Care (CHC). CHC supports a Medical Centre and the Mother’s Mercy Home in Nairobi and is currently building the new John Kaheni Residence there. It is to offer young people a home and support for a good start into working life.
“Everybody can go home with a good feeling now, not just because they have done something for their health but also because they have supported Cargo Human Care and thus people in Africa”, said Fokko Doyen at the end of the event.