As part of GSK’s amazing five-year global partnership with Smile Train, employees have been getting involved left, right, and centre. There have been bake sales, table football tournaments, film screenings and fundraising parties galore. Most recently there have been those who have pushed themselves the extra mile to help raise smiles.
Firstly, GSK have four wonderful employees who took on the London marathon on 28th April in aid of Smile Train. The runners included Simon Richie, Chinju Satheesh, Gareth Coady and Christie Matthews. They endured many months of intense training routines, doing everything in their power to help raise money for children around the world.
We caught up with Chinju Satheesh before the run, he said:
“I'm preparing by running long runs on the weekend by the Thames … I love Smile Train! It is such a noble cause and it’s what has motivated me to keep training in these cold dark winter mornings.”
GSK’s London office also signed-up 13 brave recruits to take on a Tough Mudder: ten miles of 25 gruelling, mud-smothered obstacles.
In the lead up to the teamwork-based endurance course, Stuart Jessiman from GSK’s Commercial Finance team said:
“I am very much looking forward to it, it is definitely out of my comfort zone as I am usually the observer, but I am excited to get stuck in. I am going with lots of good friends so I think it will be a really good experience and hopefully we will have some fun along with the pain…[I’m] very grateful to be able to raise the money for Smile Train, it is a fantastic hands-on charity to give children an absolute boost that they need to drastically improve their quality of life.”
The team worked tirelessly to raise over £7,000 for children all over the world, funding surgery, comprehensive cleft care, outreach programmes and training for local healthcare professionals.
GSK employees love to take on a fundraising challenge. It’s great to see our UK teams’ enthusiasm to work together and raise smiles through our partnership with Smile Train. Whether it’s the endurance of marathon or a dirty Tough Mudder, every step they take brings us closer to transforming another life through the power of a smile.’ — Sarah Loughran, Director, GSK Category Communications
The Tough Mudder kicks-off another week of Smile Train fundraising events across GSK’s offices as the team look to celebrate Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness week (4th-12th May).