In the beginning of November, new INAA Chairman Gert de Fluiter ran the TCS New York Marathon to raise money for Team for Kids. Gert finished the marathon in a personal best time of 3:34:24 and raised more than $ 7,000 for the cause, with the fantastic support of INAA, both financial as well as cheering for him at the finish line.
"I always had the dream to run the marathon of New York once in my life. Due to a long period of injuries, I had given up on this dream, but I was able to run the marathon this year. And because my dream came true, I wanted to support the dreams of many children who live in high-risk neighborhoods in large cities, and don’t have many possibilities to do physical exercise”.
Team for Kids is a team of adult runners who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners youth programs. Their youth programs fight childhood obesity and empower youth development through running and character-building programs in low-income schools and community centres throughout New York City, around the country, and in parts of Africa and India.
The funds that were raised, help New York Road Runners youth services to:
Help overweight and obese children make lifestyle changes today to prevent heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses that lead to healthcare costs in excess of $100 billion annually.