Corporate Supporter - Antal International

Wim Keen from Antal International, an Executive Search consultancy, works from his Cuxhaven office in northern Germany, specialising in recruitment for theoffshore and onshore Wind industry worldwide.  When he heard about Renewable World at an EWEA conference last year, he loved the idea of our organisation and decided he wanted to help.  He was inspired by Running4Renewables, the event organised by volunteer Daniel Rafferty from Vento Ludens at the Edinburgh Marathon and felt that it would be a great business development, networking,  (and fun!) opportunity for Antal, along with a great fundraising opportunity for Renewable World, if he was to organise a wind industry run in Germany.

There was no need to set up an event from scratch as it turned out that the HSH Nordbank run was perfect, happy to include an "event within and event" in aid of Renewable World, and took place in HafenCity, the harbour area of Hamburg, every year. Not only is it in a great part of Hamburg, and in the north of Germany where much of Germany's wind industry is based, but also the date of the event, 16th June, was the day after Global Wind Day.

Over 30 runners from including people from Antal, WPD and Lichtblick took part, raising over €1,000 so far, and thanks to the fact that Antal International generously covered all of the costs of the event, with t-shirt sponsorship from KCI all of that money was able to go towardsbringing the benefits of renewable energy to some of the 1.3 billion people in the world who live without access to modern energy sources.

The runners were able to fundraise on our european fundraising site run through - which at the touch of a button can be used in English or German, and which was embedded within our website for a seamless fundraising experience. The page is still open for anyone who would like to donate!

The Spendenlauf course is a 4km long track goes through the Hafen city near the river Elbe and can be completed as either a walk or a run so it is really easy for everyone to take part. Teams of 10 people start the run together, although they do not have to finish all at the same time. The start times are staggered – with a team starting every 30 to 60 seconds. Each team is introduced by name, by an announcer with a microphone, so it was a great chance to publicise the companies involved and Renewable World.

We made it!  Wim Keen from Antal, arrives back at the tent with Bianca Muller and Thais Santos from WPD

A well deserved beer for a couple of the Lichtblick runners

Relaxing and networking over a beer and some snacks at the end of the run

To find out more about Antal go to their International site, or follow them on twitter @WindJob