The Chestnut Run – is the first and the most massive sports and charitable event in Ukraine. Taking place every year since 1993, opening the festivities of the Day of Kyiv (the last Sunday of May). In 2017, the Run will be held on May 28. The funds raised during the charitable event will be directed to purchase the necessary equipment and medical supplies for the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery MoH Ukraine.
About the Chestnut Run:
- the Run is one of the largest charity events in Ukraine;
- is a recreational event for the whole family;
- is an opportunity to exert corporate social responsibility.
Goals of the Chestnut Run:
- draw public attention to the problems of infant mortality in Ukraine;
- strengthen the positive attitude to a healthy lifestyle;
- develop the tradition of mutual help and volunteering;
- encourage companies to exercise corporate social activity;
- collect the maximum amount of funds for the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery MoH Ukraine.
Quick facts of the Run:
- the first charitable Chestnut Run was held in 1993 and brought together 150 participants;
- in 2010, the Chestnut Run was attended by a record number of people – 15,100 participants (the record is listed in the Ukrainian Book of Records as the “most massive sports and charitable event”);
- more than 100 corporate teams take part in the Run annualy, the number of participants range from 5 to 12,000 employees;
- the youngest of the registered participants – just 1 month old, the eldest – 98 years old;
- until 1999, the funds collected during the Chestnut Run were directed to purchases of supplies and equipment for the Children’s Specialized Hospital “OKHMATDET”. Since 2000 – Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery MoH Ukraine;
- in 2010, the first in Ukraine “Artificial Heart” (a device used for membrane oxygenation) was purchased for the fund raised during the Chestnut Run, and in 2013 – the third in Ukraine counterpulsation device – a device that supports young patients’ blood pressure during a surgery;
- in 2014 thanks to the participants of the charitable event the new electric furnace equipment was purchased, which allowed for a vital surgeries to be carried out 24 hours a day;
- The Chestnut Run support for the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Ministry of Health of Ukraine had gathered nearly 3 million hrivna in direct funding and medical supplies and bought immense media attention, government and philanthropist support.