More than 600 people, including KMG International employees and their families, participated in the seventh edition of the Rompetrol Run and Care event that took place on Saturday, June 20, across the country. The running was individual, respecting the conditions of social distancing in force, in mountain or sea areas, in the park or on alleys, and the participants ran distances between 2 and 42 kilometers, monitored with any sports application and subsequently published on Facebook using #rompetrolhospice.
6600 kilometers ran or walked are converted into liters of fuel, which will be donated by Rompetrol to support the specialized palliative care provided by Hospice at patients’ homes.
"Run and Care is part of our tradition of running for a charitable cause and supporting essential areas of Romanian society, through partnerships with NGOs. We have taken into account the current conditions and recommendations of the authorities, and instead of a group running organized in one place in Bucharest, we invited all people with a civic sense and eager to be physically active, to join the event and run anywhere across the country. It went out as an unique charity event, a manifestation of responsibility, and I express my appreciation and gratitude to each runner in solidarity with the Hospice mission” – Alexey Golovin, Chief Officer of Legal and Corporate Affairs.
The event was 17-hour length, between 5 am to 10 pm, participants could have ran whenever they wanted, and the company offered 6600 liters of fuel for their 6600 km effort, to be used in support of people in need of palliation.
“When you go through a difficult moment, the hardest in your life, you want to be at home, next to your loved ones, where you feel comfortable. In Bucharest, for example, there are only two complete palliative care teams to provide services at home, made up of doctors, nurses and therapists, both from Hospice Casa Speranței Foundation, who take care of patients with incurable diseases and their families, for free, right at their homes. We are grateful to our partners from Rompetrol who are with us, once again, and help us reach our patients more easily. The Run and Care event is about solidarity and involvement. It is another proof that good has many forms and that we are all HOSPICE!” – Mihaela Nemtanu, executive director Hospice Casa Speranței.
35,000 children and adults with incurable diseases have benefited from palliative care in the past 28 years since Hospice Casa Speranței was established in Romania. It is the largest Foundation that offers free specialized services, both at day centers, outpatient clinics and impatient units, at patients’ homes and in partner hospitals.
Rompetrol Run and Care had its first edition in 2003, being designed as a running and corporate volunteering project, managing to raise over 60,000 euros by involving employees, their families and business partners alike. The money has supported the missions of associations and foundations such as MAME, Edulier, Magicamp, Hope and Homes for Children, Agent Green, “Asociația pentru Dravet și alte epilepsii rare” (Association for Dravet and other rare epilepsies).
About KMG International
KMG International is an important investor in the Romanian economy, being at the same time a responsible corporate citizen. This year alone, the company has allocated over USD 450,000 to support the authorities, the civil sector and the medical staff in managing the coronavirus pandemic, the funds being allocated for the endowment with protection equipment and medical devices of Ploiești County Hospital, Constanța Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Câmpina Hospital, as well as for the acquisition of an intensive care unit with 12 beds (together with the Red Cross) that will be used by IGSU/DSU during the pandemic and in case of calamities, with reagents to support the research of Sars-Cov-2 genome in Romania, within the Cantacuzino Institute (through SMURD Foundation), but also with fuel for the Ambulance Service Constanța and for other hospitals from Bucharest, Timisoara etc.
Owned by KazMunayGas Kazakhstan, KMG International Group has significant operations in the refining and petrochemical, retail, trading, upstream and industrial services sectors in 12 major markets. In Romania, the Group controls the Petromidia Navodari Refinery, with a refining capacity of over 5 million tons per year, the Vega Ploiesti Refinery – the oldest petrochemical plant, launched in 1905, but also a fuel distribution network with over 740 points of sale, 230 LPG stations, 9000 cylinder stations and 3 LPG storage stations, 7 warehouses.
The total value of the investments made by KMG International in Romania amounts to 4 billion dollars while the level of contributions to the Romanian state budget amounted to over 17.5 billion dollars in the period 2007-2019.