Running for New Hotels
On Sunday 19 November, 50 people participated in the Amsterdam Marathon to raise money for the new Hotels con Corazón in Mexico and Nicaragua.
Geertje van der Pas, one of the former managers of the hotel and now back in the Netherlands, was one of them. She shares her personal account of the day with us:
"I was one of the runners on the 8 kilometer. Now I have muscle pain, but what a wonderful positive day it was! I was nervous, because I'm not a runner, but this time I decided to join. For Corazón. Because I believe in the concept of Hotel con Corazón, in the sustainability of a social enterprise and in education as the start for a better world.
At the start, together with 30 other people of Corazón, including close friends, enthusiastic supporters of Corazón cheered for us and the energy was palpable. So I went. And kept going and going. A beautiful route: the Vondelpark, passing through the Rijksmuseum corridor, more supporters of Corazón along the route and quite a lot of sunshine. Finished! All because of the energy of Corazón (and some training).
In the afternoon 20 tough guys and two girls even tougher ran the 21 kilometer. We were giving them the sports vibes con Corazón. And it worked; everyone made it. What a great achievement! Together we have collected quite some Euros. More about that next time!"
The bright red shirts that attracted a lot of attention were provided by our generous sponsors ReadSpeaker and SMART Hotels. Want to know how much money we raised with this sponsored run for our hotel expansion? Join our Facebook group where you will soon find an update once all our 50 runners have collected their share from family, friends and collegues!