On November 2, Gen-i’s CEO Chris Quin, along with marketing GM Jo Allison and CIO Peter Finch will be boarding a plane to New York. Hopefully they will get over the jetlag quickly because, four days later, they will be lining up with thousands of other runners for what is possibly the most famous running event in the world: the New York City Marathon.
The team is running the marathon to support the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust. Quin was prodeed by the trust’s founder Catriona Williams, an Olympian equestrian who is now tetraplegic due to a spinal cord injury.
“[Last November], Catriona challenged me to do this and I must have had a weak moment and said yes,” recalls Quin. He says he later recruited Gen-i staff. Allison and Finch were the two who didn’t manage to escape.
Quin had not run since his school years and started training for the marathon right away. “It’s been bloody hard work,” he says. “You learn a lot about yourself and I also lost a lot of weight, which is great.”
The company held a “I love Catwalk” fashion show on September 21 at Telecom Place in Auckland. Zara Phillips, grand daughter of the Queen of England and a Catwalk patron, made a surprise appearance and said she was “massively proud and in awe” of the team.
Quin says the challenge became even more important for the Gen-i team when one of their very own team members, Marie Mackey, suffered a spinal cord injury in the Christchurch earthquake and was paralysed.
The team is still fundraising and has set up a website. Anyone wishing to support the team at can go tohttp://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/ChrisQuinCatwalk.
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