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IMD races to raise funds for international charity

15 members of the IMD community participate in Race for Gift in aid of Mercy Ships
May 2018

Members of the IMD 2018 MBA class and IMD staff recently participated in a charity sporting event in Geneva called Race for Gift organized to raise funds for over 20 international and non-governmental organizations.

A team of 15 IMD MBAs and staff ran in the 10 km as well as the 5km and walking race to raise funds for Mercy Ships, an international charity with the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.

Why Mercy Ships? About 5 billion people worldwide don’t have adequate access to surgical interventions. Mercy Ships provides medical care through hospital ships to the poorest of the poor through health care services, life-changing operations, and training and capacity building programs by mobilizing people and resources worldwide. Mercy Ships performs orthopaedic, reconstructive, maxillofacial and ophthalmic surgery as well as dental care. The organisation was founded in Lausanne in 1978, by Don and Deyon Stephens. Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.35 million direct beneficiaries.

In addition to raising over CHF 4,000, IMD turned in an outstanding performance in the following categories:

–       1st – The IMD team won the 10km Company Challenge (the ranking is established with the aggregated times of the three best runners from each company)

–       2nd – Lauren Hasek won second place in the 10k in the Women’s category

–       2nd – Sara Jamil won second place in the 5k in the Women’s category

–       3rd – IMD won third place among the company teams to raise the highest amount of funds