Aramco’s commitment to citizenship was in action for the first ever Aramco Beach Run on May 7 in The Hague. Also supporting safety, community, health and wellbeing within the local community, the event raised €21,010 for the treatment and research into children’s respiratory illness at Juliana Children’s Hospital (JKZ), one of the leading paediatric institutions in the Netherlands.

Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke joined Aramco Overseas President Fahad Al-AbdulKareem and Manager of Juliana Children’s Hospital Frederique Hofstede to officiate the beach run, the first event of its kind organised by Aramco in Europe. With local support far exceeding expectations and an attendance of over 3,000 people, Ms Krikke thanked everyone for their energy and enthusiasm in supporting JKZ.

Juliana Children's Hospital is part of the Haga Hospital organization and the Netherlands largest Emergency unit, treating over 17,000 children each year.  Respiratory tract infection is the main reason to hospitalize children in the Netherlands, and leading the research into this is Dr Gertjan Driessen, a paediatric infectious disease specialist who hopes to gain a better insight into the causes and treatments of these conditions.

Over 1,400 runners including Aramco staff, children, the elderly and even canine companions, joined together to support the Beach Run and the people of The Hague embraced the citizenship spirit through running, watching, donating and volunteering at the event.

Aramco Overseas President Fahad Al-AbdulKareem praised the hard work of all those involved. “Thank you to all our supporters – runners, volunteers, onsite staff, spectators and donations in the first ever Aramco Beach Run. The event was hugely successful thanks to the commitment within the local community who came together to raise funds for our citizenship partner Juliana Children’s Hospital. We would also like to express our gratitude to the City of The Hague and Mayor Pauline Krikke in their support of the Aramco Beach Run.”

Speaking about the event, Frederique Hofstede, Manager of Juliana Children’s Hospital said, “We are very grateful that Aramco hosted the Beach Run and raised a fantastic amount for Dr. Driessen’s research project to improve the treatment of respiratory problems for very small children. The Aramco Beach Run was a very well organised and fun event."

As well as runners and spectators, over 60 local volunteers generously donated their time to help ensure a fun and safe event. Volunteering activities are important at Aramco, with programmes promoted through all global offices for in local projects, as part of the commitment from the Company and its employees. 

The Aramco Beach Run comprised of three races to suit all ages and fitness levels: the 1km Family Run, the 5km Boulevard & Beach Run and the 10 km Hero Run along the beach promenade, pier and dunes. The race’s start and finish took place at The Hague Beach Stadium, where additional activities and entertainment were organised.

After the success of the 2017 event, we look forward to planning the next Aramco Beach Run and continuing to build on our strong relationship with the people of The Hague while supporting local projects through our citizenship activities.

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