What does it mean to have heart?

Lots of companies claim social responsibility – and they’re doing important things to support that, like recycling, reducing energy usage, donation-matching and more.  Real heart comes from an even deeper place.  Having heart means being centered, being compassionate, and, for a company to have heart, it needs to be nourishing its employees and the community in the same way that a human heart pushes oxygen out to the extremities.

I’m privileged to work for a company that has heart.  The motto of my company, Scality, is “Work hard, play hard, eat well…and amaze the customer.”  It goes so far beyond that.

By way of example, a group of Scality employees are currently in training for a cross-country, multi-day race in support of organ donation.  It’s no small endeavor, for the runners or for the company, but when you’ve got heart, you want to share.

Four days and four nights.  750 km.  From Paris to Bourg Saint Maurice – Les Arcs. Across 200 towns. Non-stop.  Are you tired yet?

Fourteen Scality employees from four countries will run La Course du Coeur this year from March 29th through April 2nd under Scality’s sponsorship; a sponsorship that supports their training, their four days pounding the pavement in the French countryside France instead of being at their desks, and their heartfelt commitment to helping others understand the importance of organ donation.

Scality’s got heart, as do the team of people who are running—and supporting the effort in other ways–for La Course du Coeur.  I’m so privileged to be part of this extraordinary team of people who are dedicating their time to support such a great cause. Learn more about the runners on the team blog: http://www.scality-cdc.fr).   This race inspired me—even making me consider, for the first time in my life, becoming a runner:  four days traversing the countryside between Paris and the French Alps…all to help raise awareness for life-saving organ donation.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?  Thank goodness, though, that you don’t have to be a runner to be on the team. I joined the part of the team that’s supporting the runners, so I can still participate, even though I don’t run. Hats-off to my other “support team” colleagues Brad King, Morgan Chelin, Claire Forest, Olympe Tarteret, Emylou Mavic, Julie Candelon, Simonni De Weck, and Peter Kocur who are helping as companions, backups and communications liaisons.  Go Team!!

For more information on La Course du Coeur, visit: http://www.lacourseducoeur.com/

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