More than 130 GE employees, their family members and friends took part in the first-ever Annual GE 5K Fun Run and raised AED 16,590 in funds for children with special needs.
The cheque was presented by Elliot Lewis of GE Volunteers to Caron Whaley of The Riding for the Disabled Association of Dubai, an organisation working towards the all-round welfare of children with special needs.
The Annual GE 5K Fun Run was co-sponsored by GE Volunteers, the volunteering arm of the company, and HealthAhead, a program aimed at fostering a culture of health among the company's employees.
The fun run witnessed the enthusiastic participation of children as well as adults, and flagged off from GE's regional headquarters at Dubai Internet City.
Volunteering is central to GE's commitment to the societies it serves in, and some 175 GE Volunteer Councils in 46 countries and over 100,000 volunteers undertake over 1 million hours of community service every year. GE Volunteers have undertaken more than 5,000 projects world-wide, and are actively involved in supporting community activities in the Middle East, especially in the UAE.
Last year, GE Volunteers in the UAE raised funds for Dubai Autism Center by taking part in the Dubai Marathon.
HealthAhead, launched by GE in 2009, aims to engage GE employees, retirees and families in creating a culture of health through an increased focus on nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation and promotion of physical activity.
At the core of the initiative is a commitment to creating healthy workplaces. The goal is that all our sites with over 100 employees will be certified as healthy workplaces by 2012.