Richmond Park Partners
Runners start the 2009 London J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
The 2010 race will benefit Help a London Child.
embodies London fundraising initiative
Corporate Challenge benefits Help a London Child
LONDON, May 30, 2010 — Marc Potel is Managing Director, Head of General Industrials for Richmond Park Partners LLP in London. He is also a parent and a runner. So, it's not surprising that he has been among the first to step up in support of this year's beneficiary of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® - 95.8 Capital FM's Help a London Child.
The two nights of racing have already sold out, although the date of the first night of the event is still to be determined. It will be either Tuesday or Wednesday, 6-7 July, dependent on England 's advancement in the World Cup. The second night of racing is Thursday, July 8. Both races will be held in Battersea Park.
In announcing the official charity for the 24th edition of the event, London officials said the theme of the races this year will be Run London, For London. As part of that theme, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge and Help a London Child have set up a fundraising initiative in which all Corporate Challenge entrants can get involved (http://www.justgiving.com/jpmorgancc).
Launched in 1975 by Lord Attenborough CBE, 95.8 Capital FM's Help a London Child has raised in excess of 20 million GBP and awarded more than 10,000 grants to small groups and charities over the last 34 years. In 2009, these grants provided support and opportunities to over 50,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people in London.
It is a cause that resonates with Corporate Challenge entrants such as Potel.
“I live in London and have young children,” he said. “London has many marvelous features but it also, like many major cities, has a dark side - I have faith in the efforts that 95.8 Capital FM's Help a London Child make to ensure that London's children are given every opportunity, particularly where the charity can make great strides in the reduction of child poverty, abuse and homelessness.”
For Richmond Park Partners, an independent merchant bank founded only a couple of years ago, this is the first time it has entered a team in the Corporate Challenge. The cause and the chance to run as part of a team attracted Company Captain Anna Oganesyan.
“I am a keen runner, however, I have never run for a cause before,” she said. “I thought it would be a great challenge and a good way to get to know my colleagues outside the office. My idea was met with great enthusiasm by my colleagues and I registered our team and became the captain.”
Adds Potel: “This is a great way to bring out the team spirit for your company. Those that enter may be a subset; but the rest of the firm can provide moral and fundraising support.”
The first step is to visit the fundraising initiative where all Corporate Challenge entrants can get involved (http://www.justgiving.com/jpmorgancc).