I've always felt really lucky and fortunate in life. I was born healthy, grew up in a Western country with opportunities and had the good luck (and hard work) to start a company in which I work 7 days a week with a lot of love and passion. Many people don't have the luck or fortune of having an amazing job, or a good environment or health.
I have been thinking a lot lately on what can we do with NUITEQ to give back to the people who are less fortunate and make their lives easier, so basically make NUITEQ more socially responsible. For me the obvious thought was to give to charity.
NUITEQ was recently involved in a multitouch project related to stimulating physically and mentally challenged children with their education. You can have a look at the case study here.
However I felt we could do more. Recently I received a message from Rod Hill, Manager of Morgan Signs, a UK based company active in interactive digital signage.
He told me this story about his brother in law, Lt Col Mark Wheeler commanding officer of the 2 battalion, the Royal Welsh, that he is currently serving on operations in Afghanistan and he and five other of his soldiers have decided to 'Run Home' to Wales on their return for a charity that is extremely close to their hearts – Tŷ Hafan, a children’s Hospice in Sully, South Glamorgan.
In 'Running Home' all 6 soldiers will complete A MARATHON A DAY FOR 4 DAYS. They will start their journey at their home of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh in Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth and finish their run 4 days later at the Tŷ Hafan in South Wales.
Their start date will be dependent on RAF flights back home but they anticipate starting their run and first marathon on Monday 29th November, finishing in Tŷ Hafan on Thursday 2nd December.
Tŷ Hafan provides comfort, care and support to life-limited children and is dedicated to improving quality of life for the whole family. The care and support provided by Tŷ Hafan is offered completely without cost to all those families that need them.
I decided to talk to my UK based partner Mike Cole, Director of Visual Planet and asked him, "Mike I want to donate to this charity, do you want to join?" and he was in on it instantly.
For more info on this charity program, please have a look at: http://www.justgiving.com/runhome.
Do you feel fortunate and lucky? Even if its just a few bucks, you can really help to make a difference to the lifes of these children and their families.