Gurgaon Horizon, India
As an Orange United ambassador, I have participated in smaller events in the past, but this event will help me bring a change for a larger number of children. I have read about the large-scale reach of programs such as delivering quality education to refugee kids by Save the Children team in Ethiopia. Seeing their work first hand, will inspire me to take up similar plans in India.
Auckland, New Zealand
During my childhood in Pakistan I was exposed to poverty. Spending time in that environment gave me a feeling of being caged in despair. Children do not choose their circumstances. Adults around them create those circumstances. My goal has been to endeavour to create better circumstances for the less fortunate. This is my motivation for working in vaccines, and this is my motivation to apply for Trek for Kids.
Rio Office Park, Brazil
Nearly a third of the Ethiopian children are outside of school, and engaged in child labour. It is time we do something about it. Save the Children is one of few serious organizations that have the courage to revert this, and I feel compelled to help. You ask why I want to be part of this, I don't want, I have to. I have no kids, so these are the kids I want to help build a future for.
I want to open the dialogue on what the GSK Save the Children partnership is about but more importantly on how each one of us can have an impact on the lives of the less privileged. Not just to raise funds, as a one-time event, but to create a sustainable awareness. The trek and its cerebral and physical preparation reinforce that behind the 40 trekkers chosen, there is an exponential number of ambassadors in the home countries supporting and making a real difference.
I was born in Dire Dawa and grew up there up to 3 years old, when the civil war forced my family to move to Italy. During a volunteering experience in the Rift Valley in 2004 I saw endless queue of mothers waiting for the medicines with their malnourished and sick children. I promised myself that I would come back one day to help those children and that land that is so dear to me.
I have a personal life time ambition to raise £100K for charity. There are people in need all over the world and I feel I have the opportunity, the health, the ability to be able to help them- that gives me a great sense of joy and accomplishment. Trek for kids is an opportunity to have a life changing experience whilst raising money for a cause that transforms children’s lives.
Philadelphia Navy Yard, USA
In the Middle East, I've witnessed the devastation in conflict zones and the horrific conditions that rob children of their basic rights. I find the fundraising effort in Trek for Kids a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give back to the community and to have a major, perhaps lifesaving impact on kids in dire need of support. As part of military training way back when, I would strive to help those who have difficulties and enable the success of the entire team
Munich Prinzregentenplatz, Germany
I would like to be part of Trek for Kids not only to help the children in Ethiopia and to become their ambassador in Germany but also because of these valuable experiences for my own life. It is not a one way of learning but a giving and taking through sharing of our knowledge.
As an Orange United Ambassador since 2015, I have been helping to saving a million children’s lives and want to take it to the next level by experiencing how the money we raise helps those that we raise it for. I think the Trek is a wonderful opportunity to give back to society and spread the amazing work that is being done but more importantly we can always do more!
Warren NJ, USA
I envisage this to be a humbling experience, helping ground me in what’s important in life. The idea of visiting Africa for the first time is extremely exciting. Pushing my body physically and mentally along-side a group of peers all aligned behind the same cause to help improve the lives of others is incredibly motivating. It will be a test of courage and leadership. It will be character building. I can’t wait.
Also, as an employee of GSK for almost 29 years, I’d really like the opportunity to start contributing to the mission of GSK in a very different way to my day to day role, and it doesn’t get more real and exciting as Orange United’s Trek for Kids in Ethiopia.
Ciudad del Saber, Panama
The opportunity of visiting Ethiopia and a project of Save the Children will open my eyes for new realities and will have an impact in me and probably in my team/colleagues to be even more engaged in our day-to-day activities. I work with a talented group, working in R&D in Central America and this opportunity would help me demonstrate what can be achieved by commit with a great purpose, and overcoming obstacles.
Save the children is an example of taking care and be part of the responsibility that we have for the kids. To have the opportunity through GSK to participate in a movement that will enhance, change and have impact in millions of kids is an honour and a big responsibility, I have the desire, the condition, the joy and the attitude 100% to be part of something awesome!!
Stockley Park, UK
Taking part in Trek for Kids would help me prove to myself that I can contribute, with heart and soul, to this amazing cause, beyond simply reaching into my pocket to donate. I can hopefully inspire and motivate my colleagues along the way. I continue to be inspired by stories of colleagues who go to extraordinary lengths to raise money for Save the Children.
My supervisor was one of the previous trekkers. She engaged employees and held fundraising events to let people know about the partnerships with Save the Children, etc. That motivated me a lot and I started to think "I will be the one to challenge for the next time. Through my participation in Trek for Kids and through sharing my experience. I will make Trek for Kids more real to my friends and colleagues.
I feel this “Orange United’s Trek for Kids” exactly reflects our GSK corporate value which is also my values, too, to save life, helping others particularly to those kids who’re suffering from poverties, diseases in countries lacking basic life necessities. I wish I can have the real experience to see those kids in poor countries and bring the authentic feelings back to influence the people around me and contribute further.
Hamilton Montana, USA
I have spent 23 years working on MPL and QS-21, key ingredients in the adjuvant system that makes our Malaria vaccine possible. And while I will be immensely gratified if that vaccine is successful, I also feel inspired to do more to help. This is the perfect opportunity.
This is a tremendous opportunity for me to make a greater difference in the global community by improving kids’ lives. Last year, I helped plan GSK Canada’s Ride for Kids, which raised over $140,000 for Save the Children. The physical and mental challenges of trekking up a mountain is both exciting and energizing for me and to do it while raising awareness and funds for Save the Children is an amazing opportunity.
Becoming a GSK ambassador for Save the Children will give me the opportunity to visit the projects on a first hand, understand the real situation they are facing and check in person that the efforts and donations we do from GSK are really valuable to improve people’s live. This experience will help me promote the cause transmitting the importance on how every little contribution can make a major change in the life of someone.
I would love to be part of this amazing opportunity to accomplish the goal of trekking the Simien Mountains, whilst raising money and awareness for Save the Children in support from GSK. To have the LOC support and to be able to create awareness of fantastic initiatives that GSK does for Save the Children to friends, family, colleagues and also external stakeholders would be a responsibility that I would take with pride at promoting this trek.
Field based - USA
I started my professional life as a nurse and for the past 21 years I have been a GSK sales representative. Trek for Kids would be an opportunity for me to not only support Save The Children, but also give back to GSK. I would take the experience gained from Trek for Kids to champion Save The Children in Pharma at GSK.
I want to be part of this Trek for Kids effort and contribute through raising awareness and funds in my immediate friends & family and importantly within the Southern Europe area that I lead. I have been exposed to poverty in Africa and India and I remember the immense need in water, hygiene, education, nutritional food, medical supplies. I look forward to making an impact and also to the personal growth.
GSK Asia House, Singapore
Growing up, I was taught to be a man-for-others, and it’s something I try to live out until now. Experiences like these are not only motivating, but also an opportunity to share the same lessons with my kids – empathy, service, and compassion turned into action. On this trek, I’ll bring along my passion for photography so I can capture the stories we’ll create, share them across boundaries, and hopefully inspire others to go on this meaningful journey as well.
Field based - Israel
Representing GSK and Israel (for the first time) in this inspiring journey, raising money for this important cause feels me with a motivation and sense of mission. I want to be able to make a change in children’s life and putting myself as part of the challenge is even a so meaningful.
Warsaw Cirrus, Poland
Contributing to Save the Children initiative in which I greatly believe, would be a huge honour. Initiatives that help others (children in particular), lie deeply within my heart. I would inspire and serve as an example to my colleagues whom I work with. I also believe that the relationships that would be built during the Trek, will last for years and will make the Trek an unforgettable experience.
I believe that all children deserve to be loved and to be well taken care of. I hope to be able to help the children to get what they need and what they deserve by the fact of birth. This is one more chance for me to help the children by raising the money while doing what I love.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I been with Save the Children partnership in Vietnam for 3 years to increase access to basic healthcare and immunization at the grassroots level for the ethnic minority group and underprivileged children in the country. I also organized a volunteer field trip in Vietnam where we faced with a terrible flooding disaster. It motivates me to be part of global Trak for Kids this year.
I'm actively involved in fundraising initiatives for Orange United and influencing my peers about how the organization works & how they can help. This experience will further strengthen my passion to make it a sustainable commitment – finding more innovative ways to raise funds for the organization, solidify the partnership with Save the Children and be a long-term partner for change. I acknowledge that every penny raised may change the life of a child forever.
I am proud to be a GSK scientist, working for company that put patients first and are passionate about helping to reduce child mortality above and beyond the traditional corporate charity model. I am honoured to be selected to represent GSK in this inspiring work of building a better future for children regardless of race and borders
Dubai Arenco Tower, UAE
When I was young, I lived the first years of my life in a small village in Morocco near Marrakech. I still remember the expression of some classmates suffering from hunger when we shared a snack during the break. For me, the future is determined by our youth; we should all get together and work on what matters most for them, including a good healthcare system.
I believe that children should be given the best opportunities to realise their dreams, irrespective of their background or geographic location. Being on the trek and working for GSK, motivates me to deliver cost effective medicines coupled with delivering effective resources, with Save the Children, to create a self-sustaining community in Ethiopia. The trek experience will give me an answer to “with my skills and experience how can I effectively support disadvantaged children in Africa?”.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The opportunity for me to combine one of my passions in life, climbing/trekking, with raising money for such a good cause would is one that I would not want to miss! I was recently involved in an Orange Day activity, volunteering at a local orphanage here in KL, the experience deeply moved me and really motivated me to look for more opportunities to give something back and help other people.
GSK House, UK
I have worked at GSK for 27 years and during that time I have never really done anything significant for charity so I wanted to change that by applying for Trek for Kids. Save the Children is an amazing charity, very deserving of fundraising, helping children all over the world who are far less fortunate than my own - I would like to play a small role in helping them do more.
Upper Providence, USA
Save the Children focuses on the most vulnerable in society. I'm so impressed by their efforts across the world. This organisation is needed more than ever as unfortunately funding for social services supporting children is decreasing and coming under budget pressure in most countries. I'd be honoured to represent GSK and Save the Children and continue to "be the change".
This is a chance to be part of an immense work full of values and meaning; to share memorable and rewarding moments with colleagues from around the world and the local population; to realize that we are all gathered around the same goal that starts from the first moment when we apply. I want to be part of this program to actively support "Save The Children", an association that means a lot to me and that I have been supporting for years.
Ethiopia fills a large space in my heart and life. My son, who is 11, was adopted into our family from Ethiopia 10.5 years ago and we maintain a strong connection to his birthplace and birth family. The country has given me so much -- that I cannot express here -- and if there is any way I can give something back, I will do.
GSK House, UK
I have two children who lead privileged, lucky, opportunity-filled lives. We strive to never forget this through charitable donations and remembering the challenges that other children face in this world. An on-the-ground visit to some of the children benefitting from the trek and the work of Save the Children would be remarkable for me personally.