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#velcombegom: Belarusians Won in the 100 000 kms Challenge in Aid to Children

Sep 5, 2017

Belarusians all over the world ran 114 971 kms in 10 days in aid to children whereby required 100 000 kms distance was covered a day before announced deadline. According to the conditions announced, velcom transferred BYN 100 000 to Republican Children’s Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation.

On average Belarusians overall ran 10 000 kms a day. The last weekend was record breaking with total result being improved by about 40 000 kms in 2 days. Over 10 900 runners took joint efforts in a joint initiative. Solo and partner runners covered the distance with the help of smartphone. Running weekends took place in Minsk, Brest, Grodno, Mogilev, Baranovichy, Soligorsk, Borisov and Ostroshitsky Gorodok.

“We sincerely thank everyone who faced the challenge 100 000: velcombegom and contributed to the overall result, - commented Helmut Duhs, velcom CEO. – We are confident that future belongs to charitable projects that unite business and society. #velcombegom is a shining example of this approach. It unites thousands of people for good deeds in aid to children, motivates for doing sports and significantly contributes to promotion of running activities in Belarus”.

Running was done not only in Belarus – our countrymen in about 20 countries around the world helped children too. In particular, social initiative was supported by Belarusians in China, USA, Russia, Germany, Monte Negro, Poland, Italy and Spain as well as Czech Republic, Lithuania, Moldova, Armenia, Bulgaria, Portugal and Venezuela.

Most of the routes laid in the cities. Some of the participants were inspired by the picturesque spots like Nesvizh Castle, Brest Fortress, Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Ural Mountains. Another unusual run 1+1 took place in Victory Park for everyone wishing to take a partner run.

Belarusian footballers joined the initiative too. 100 000 challenge: velcobegom was taken by Minsk and Brest Dynamo teams as well as the national team. They all used trackers during trainings donating kms in aid to children. Sports fans followed their example too.

BYN 100 000 raised is meant for Republican Children’s Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation. Helmut Duhs, velcom CEO today handed over the certificate for the record breaking amount to Galina Rodionova, Chief Doctor. This center is unique as it serves for rehabilitation of kids with serious diseases. Funds raised are aimed at the acquisition of new medical facilities.

The social initiative took place from 26 August till 4 September. In order to contribute to the overall result, one had to run and measure the distance with one of fitness apps. Screenshot with results displaying the date and distance needed to be posted in social networks with hashtag #velcombegom. Everyone’s contribution was taken into account irrespective of the distance covered.

Intermediate results every day appeared on the huge screen A Running Man installed on the façade of velcom-centre. It displayed the total distance covered from the starting moment of the running campaign.

“100 000 challenge: velcombegom” was initiated by velcom under the auspices of Ministry of Healthcare. Social initiative aimed at aid to children and raising interest to running and healthy lifestyle. Republican Children’s Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation as a beneficiary of the funds raised is the only center in Belarus for rehabilitation of kids suffering hemophilia, cancer and kidney diseases.