On Sunday 26th April at 10.10am more than 38,000 people took to the starting line of the famous ‘London Marathon’, amongst these were two members of staff from Health-on-Line. The biggest in the event’s 35 year history, it was sure to be a once in a lifetime experience for all of those taking part.
Zachary Angel and Joel Kopij from Bournemouth-based Company, Health-on-Line, were amongst the 38,000 eager to take to the streets of London in aid of charity. After many months of training in preparation for the big event with each of the runners completing many miles, it was finally here! Zachary and Joel took to the start line ready and excited to support their chosen charities which included ‘VICTA’ and ‘Get Kids Going’. With £150 each in sponsorship from Health-on-Line to support them in their charity efforts, they were raring to go.
Zachary, a Customer Care Consultant at Health-on-Line, managed to finish the 26.2 mile route in an impressive 3 hours and 42 minutes, in support of a charity that is very close to his heart and family, ‘VICTA’. The charity VICTA not only helps to provide support to children that are blind and visually impaired, but also their families, through organised activities. So far Zachary has managed to raise an incredible £650 for VICTA; however he is hoping to raise this to £1,300 by combining it with the sponsorship from other sporting events, such as the London Triathlon, which he will be taking part in August of this year.
He summed up the London Marathon as,
“It was an amazing experience; I have fulfilled a childhood dream and raised money for a great charity. The actual marathon is amazing, full of positivity, a great mental and physical challenge and an amazing environment. I have learnt a lot about myself through doing the London Marathon.”
Joel, a Senior Sales Consultant, finished the challenging route in an equally impressive 3 hours and 54 minutes in aid of ‘Get Kids Going’ which saw Joel raise an amazing £1,000 in sponsorship. The charity Get Kids Going helps to support children with disabilities by providing them with the means to participate in a variety of sporting activities with specially built sports’ wheelchairs. The wheelchairs provided by the Charity enable them to take part in activities such as basketball, rugby and tennis.
Health-on-Line currently employs around 400 individuals, and is continually exploring the ways it can support its staff doing charitable projects. This initiative sits as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at Health-on-Line, supporting various local charities throughout 2015. For more information on vacancies visit their recruitment website at: www.iwantyourjob.co.uk or follow Health-on-Line on Twitter @HOL_Careers.