Ria goes the distance to raise funds for education in Ecuador

It was cold, but that didn’t stop any of the 25 staff members from Ria’s European HQ, who hit the streets on Sunday in Madrid, Spain to take part in the charity run, Corre por una causa.

This event, which was part of a series of simultaneous runs in Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Cadiz, Valladolid and Santander was organised by the non-governmental organisation, Entreculturas.

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Over 25 Ria runners took part in the charity run, Corre por una causa, to raise funds for education in Ecuador.

In its fourth year, the event attracted incredible support with over 10,000 men, women and children running to raise funds for youth education in Ecuador. Children from as young as six-years-old (who ran 350m) took part in the event at Casa de Campo in the west of Madrid. Ria runners went the distance by choosing either a five or 10 kilometre run, with everyone crossing the line.

Funds collected will go toward the training of 405 women and 373 men (778 people) aged between 15-29 years old who will receive training in the areas of Industrial and Automotive Mechanics, IT and Dressmaking in cities throughout Ecuador.

Each year Entreculturas raises money to fund educational projects in Latin America, Africa or Asia. The event aimed to raise awareness of the importance that everyone should have access to education and a decent future. So far, proceeds from the 2015 charity run already total 144,000 euros, with more donations to be counted.

Ria’s Human Resources Director, EMEA, Carmen Cerdan, who took part, said: “This run is a great opportunity to boost awareness and support social change by raising funds for education. Not everyone receives the same opportunities in developing economies like Latin America, Africa and Asia, where many Ria customers are from. We want to give back to those communities.

Of course, the run was also a lot of fun and it exemplified the Ria spirit, inside and out! It showed not only our commitment to work and healthy play, but the collective attitude of Ria employees who want to be involved in changing the world through social activities like this one. We’re looking forward to the next one!”

For more information see Corre por una causa http://www.correporunacausa.org/ and Entreculturas http://www.entreculturas.org/ (both sites in Spanish).