Happy kids Go Run for Fun – willingly!

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Three months ago, Jim Ratcliffe, the founder of ‘Go Run for Fun’, asked us if Solvay would participate in the event. Jim is the CEO of INEOS, an independent company which shares the Solvay campus here in Brussels. 

Go Run for Fun was founded by Jim as a way of encouraging children to get involved in sport. Although it started in the United Kingdom, Go Run for Fun is also held in all countries where INEOS has a presence.

Encouraging healthy children

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The event is targeted at kids between the ages of 5 and 10. Jim’s goal is to have 100,000 children participate in a Go Run for Fun event by 2016. 
We immediately accepted Jim’s invitation as the event fits well with our own activities to encourage fitness such as Health Week. I personally volunteered to help out with the organisation.
All of the seven schools we contacted agreed to send children to Go Run for Fun. After being collected by bus, the children did some warm-up exercises to get ready. Then they set off in age groups to run a mile. We were absolutely shocked to see the fastest children arrive at the finish line just 8 minutes after they set off!
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Each competitor (and volunteer) had received a very bright pink t-shirt. Pretty quickly we were overwhelmed by waves and waves of laughing, happy children. 
Each of them received a medal for taking part.Many of the children immediately took their medal to be signed by Belgian Olympian Tia Hellebaut who was on hand to support the event. In 2008, Tia won Belgium’s only gold medal of the Beijing games in high jump. She was in high demand with the children and signed more than 600 medals!

High level of energy and collaboration

Once all of the children had been safely transported back to their schools, the volunteers returned to INEOS for lunch. There we discovered that our event had brought the total number of participants in Go Run for Fun events to more than 75,000, a huge achievement.
What impressed me the most about the day was that everybody had the same high level of energy, whether they were a volunteer or taking part. There was a very collaborative team spirit among the volunteers and it provided a great chance to meet people I would otherwise not come into contact with. 

Solvay part of World Academic Sport Challenge

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On June 6th, 2015, we were also present at the World Academic Sport Challengeheld in Paris. More than 7,000 high school students took part in a day of sports activities and events designed to raise awareness of chemistry as a career option. 
The students had the chance to discover more about the job opportunities available at companies such as Solvay. Our booth was extremely busy with students dropping by to find out more about our recruitment process and the internships and apprenticeships on offer.
If you were unable to attend the World Academic Sport Challenge, you can find out more about employment and training at Solvay from: www.solvay.com/careers