AbbVie Inc. supports Merimna “running” in the 35th Athens Marathon
For another year, the “AbbVie Inc.” pharmaceutical company Running Team represented Merimna at the 35th Athens Marathon. More than 80 runners, AbbVie employees, journalists and friends, ran the five and ten kilometer races. Of special note, is the fact, that 16 runners ran 42 kilometers of the classic route this year.
As is well known, every kilometer run by the AbbVie Running Team is matched by a financial donation to organizations who have a need. The money gathered from the 35th Marathon will be given to “Merimna”
Regarding this year’s AbbVie Running Team participation in the Athens Marathon, Angela Vernadaki, Director of Market Access & External Affairs said: “the Running Team has become and institution and part of the DNA of AbbVie. It is a celebration for us. We are especially pleased that participation in the team is becoming more and more popular. 86 people, colleaques and good friends, came together today to combine sport with philanthropic contribution. We are even more pleased to be supporting the NGO “Merimna”, an organization that takes care of children and adolescents who have lost their loved ones or are experiencing a life-threatening illness.
Finally, it is also a special day for AbbVie because, for the first time, our colleagues from abroad ran with us. The participation of AbbVie Europe’s top leadership honors our efforts and highlights the fact that the Athens Marathon can be a major attraction for visitors from abroad, at both corporate and individual levels, enhancing the recognition of Athens all over the world while simultaneously contributing to the city’s economy.”
Mrs. Kallia Armaganidou, Director of Merimna said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Merimna and the Friends of Merimna, we are very pleased that AbbVie will dedicate to Merimna the proceeds from the participation of the AbbVie Running Team at the 35th Athens Marathon. We sincerely thank AbbVie’s team because, through their efforts and solidarity, they sponsor Merimna’s work so that every child has the support he or she deserves in their time of need”.
Runners of the AbbVie Running Team have already renewed their appointment for their 35th Athens Health Run on November 26th, 2017.
(Adapted from the Newsletter Global Sustain, 21/11/2017)