Wings for Life
Wings for Life funds world-class research and clinical trials focused on the spinal cord and is the global charity partner of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
The driving forces behind Wings for Life are two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who set up the not-for-profit organisation in 2004 following an accident which left Kinigadner’s son tetraplegic. Realising that spinal cord research was underfunded, the pair committed to an ambitious mission – to make spinal cord injury curable.
The charity’s flagship event is the Wings for Life World Run, a unique annual race taking place globally at multiple locations simultaneously. Known as ‘the race where the finish line catches you’, all the locations start at the same time, whether it’s day or night, and half an hour later the ‘Catcher Cars’ set off in pursuit. These mobile finish lines mean that rather than a set distance, competitors run as far as they individually can. With 100% of the World Run entrance fee going directly to Wings for Life, the race contributes hugely to the charity’s funding.
In May 2015, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence employees were amongst over one-hundred thousand people who lined up to challenge themselves for charity, with the company supporting each volunteer with an additional €50 contribution on top of their entry money. We also pledged a donation to the charity in place of our 2015 corporate Christmas cards.
“We first became aware of Wings for Life through our partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing,” says Anne Willimann, Director of Global Marketing Communications at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “We have supported charities at a local level before but for an international company like ours, it’s a pleasure to get behind a cause like this globally. Our teams are spread across five continents and the World Run was an opportunity to for them to come together and do something amazing for charity.”
The next Wings for Life World Run takes place on 7 May 2017 in multiple locations around the world.