On May 3 & 4, about 450 P&Gers laced up their shoes and took their places at the starting lines of one of seven races held during the 10th Annual Geneva Marathon weekend.
This was a record participation level for P&G at the marathon, where we've participated as a Company every year since its inception.
The Geneva Marathon benefits the Clair Bois Foundation, which has been providing care for children, teenagers and adults with multiple disabilities since its founding in Geneva in 1975.
Every year, about forty P&G Geneva employees run with Clair Bois children in an ajoëllette (an adapted wheelchair, shown below)—a demanding but very rewarding experience.
“Supporting this extraordinary sporting event is an opportunity for P&G to express its commitment to Geneva, be involved in the impact of the city’s marathon, and provide support for charities such as UNICEF and Clair Bois”, said Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh, P&G Western Europe Group President.
At the finish line, a dedicated P&G tent welcomed the runners with food, drinks and a massage. But more than a massage and a medal, the greatest reward of all was seeing the smiling faces of the kids from the Clair Bois foundation as they crossed the finish line.
“The emotion you feel when running with those big-hearted kids is indefinable," said James Bradley, one of the P&G runners who works year-round with Clair Bois charity. "Whatever happens in life, they always smile."
Thanks, P&G Geneva employees, for your strong commitment to make a difference in the lives of those in your community. Your example inspires all of us.