Part of Hyundai’s Relay For Life of Atlanta team members (L-R) are Rickey Collao, Lisa Willis, Yoora Park, Adreion Rice, Allen Olivares and Sandra Ricks.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. recently participated in the Relay For Life of Atlanta Young Professional Event on Sept. 14, 2013, at Oglethorpe University to benefit the American Cancer Society. More than 30 Hyundai employees and family members were in attendance at the 12 hour walking relay to help raise cancer awareness. A total of $43,000 was raised from the event by 310 participants.
“We are extremely passionate about community involvement and with the astounding number of people affected by cancer, we see no better cause than this to get involved with,” said Lisa Willis, team captain of Hyundai’s Relay For Life Team and Southeast & South Central U.S. Forklift Sales Coordinator at the company. “Our team started fundraising in July with an initial goal of $1,500 and just about two months later, with the contributions of the employees, dealers, community and Hyundai’s corporate sponsorship, we raised $10,473 — 25 percent of the total funds raised at our event. It is truly a great accomplishment.”
All contributions made by Hyundai’s team and the other participants will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
“This was the first year the Relay For Life of Atlanta Young Professional Event was held and it is the first ever Young Professional Event to be held in the southeast,” said Sara Haj-Hussein, Relay For Life specialist of the American Cancer Society. “Typically, our relayers are either collegiate aged or 45 and older, so this event was catered to the demographic in between. Both the turnout and the funds raised well-exceeded our expectations. Contributions from dedicated corporate teams like Hyundai are critical to the success of these events and we are very appreciative of their achievements this year.”
Hyundai plans to continue participating in Relay For Life yearly and has already begun planning for next year.
“We want to make the 2014 Relay For Life even more successful,” said Willis. “We hope to persuade more businesses in our local community to get involved to help raise an even greater sum of money for this meaningful cause.”
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser globally, which has raised more than 4 billion dollars for cancer research, patient services and patient advocacy since its start in 1985. Relay For Life is held in 5,200 communities in the United States and in an additional 19 different countries with the mission to fight for every birthday threatened by cancer in every community.
For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org or www.cancer.org.