On Sunday 17 September, two teams from Scientia will take part in the Chariots of Fire race – one of Cambridgeshire’s largest charity events. Established in 1992, it is the brainchild of Bill Matthews, Race Director for many years, who joined the committee of a local charity and was looking for fundraising ideas. Bill had recently watched the 1981 film of the same name which tells the story of Harold Abrahams, a Cambridge runner, and his bid to win a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics; it includes the iconic scene of the race around Trinity College Great Court. Bill was inspired to recreate the race for charity.
Since the event started in 1992, Chariots of Fire has raised over £1 million for local and regional charities, with an estimated 6,245 teams having taken part in the race, with approximately 37,470 individual runners pitting themselves against each other. We’re very proud to be joining that roster this year, with funds raised going to support the vital work done by Alzheimer’s Research UK – the UK’s leading dementia research charity, based in Cambridge.
As a company, we believe deeply in supporting the numerous charitable initiatives which colleagues undertake. Over the past few years, we’ve sponsored the kit for a charity bike ride, paid out hundreds of pounds in entrance fees, and match-funded any charitable fundraising done under the auspices of Scientia, from office bake-sales to the charity quiz at our annual User Conference. We’re currently reviewing our Corporate Social Responsibility policy with a view to providing even better support for the causes we and our staff believe in. As a technology firm, where should we be looking to invest our help? We’re always open to ideas.
On 2 June 2016, thousands of cyclists, walkers and runners will participate in the annual Alpe d’HuZes event – a one-day challenge to climb the legendary Alpe d’Huez to raise money for the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF). Famous for both winter sports and as a gruelling mountain stage on the Tour de France, climbing the route just once would be impressive. But some participants take the motto ‘giving up is not an option’ very seriously, making the climb up to six times during the event!
Scientia has proudly sponsored a team of cyclists from customer Radboud UMC for the past few years. We caught up with Alwin Scharstuhl, Head of Educational Coordination, to talk about the event. Q&A in both Dutch and English.
Waarom doe je mee met dit evenement?
Ledereen komt in zijn leven direct of indirect in aanraking met deze ziekte en de ingrijpende en verschrikkelijke gevolgen die de ziekte met zich meedraagt. Ik ben er van overtuigd, mede door mijn 15-jarige ervaring uit mijn vorige carrière als medisch onderzoeker, dat met genoeg middelen we grote stappen kunnen zetten in de behandeling en genezing van deze ziekte.
Why do you do this event?
Everyone comes directly or indirectly in contact with this disease at some point in their life and experiences its awful consequences. I am convinced, partly due to my 15 years of experience from my previous career as a medical researcher, that with enough resources we can make great strides in the treatment and cure of this disease.
Hoeveel hoop je in te zamelen?
Per persoon is het streven €2500 in te zamelen. In totaal hopen we met alle deelnemers vanuit het Radboudumc meer dan €55.000 op te halen. Als geheel heeft de Alpe d’HuZes actie vorig jaar in totaal 12 miljoen opgehaald. Sinds de eerste editie in 2006 is al 130 miljoen opgehaald. Ik wil, mede namens ons gehele team, Scientia hartelijk bedanken voor hun uiterst positieve reactie op mijn verzoek tot een bijdrage in de sponsoring voor Alpe d’HuZes!
How much do you hope to raise?
Each person on the team is aiming to raise € 2,500. We hope all the participants from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre will raise more than €55,000 combined. As a whole the Alpe d’HuZes challenge last year raised a total of €12 million. Since the first event in 2006, it has raised €130 million! On behalf of our entire team I would like to thank Scientia for their extremely positive response to my request for a contribution to the sponsorship of Alpe d’HuZes!
Hoe verloopt de training tot dusver?
De teller van het aantal trainingskilometers dit jaar staat momenteel op 1331 kilometer wat gelijk staat aan 58 uur fietsen. Komend weekend staat een trainingsrit van 170 kilometer op het programma om goed voorbereid te zijn op de 200 km en 2700 hoogtemeters van de wielerklassieker Amstel Gold Race op 16 april a.s..
Op de deadline van 2 juni is het streven om zo’n 3500 trainingskilometers in de benen te hebben met zo’n 120 uur fietstijd en 22.000 hoogtemeters kilometer.
How’s the training going?
The number of training kilometers this year stands at 1331 so far, which equates to 58 hours of cycling. Next weekend we have a 170 kilometer training ride to be well prepared for the 200km and 2700 vertical meters of the cycling classic Amstel Gold Race on April 16. The aim is to have around 3,500 training kilometers in the legs with some 120 hours of riding time and 22,000 kilometers of altitude by 2 June!
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