Making the children a top priority

Meet Alena Koshcheeva, employee, fitness enthusiast and mountain trekker. She is also on a mission to helping save one million children’s live and do her part for GSK’s partner charity, Save the Children.

Meet Alena Koshcheeva, bubbly employee, fitness enthusiast and mountain trekker. She is also on a mission to helping save one million children’s live and do her part for GSK’s partner charity, Save the Children.

How is she doing? Representing Singapore, she will be joining 39 other colleagues from around the world in an attempt to scale Mt Kenya, all in a bid to raise money for the ‘Trek for Kids’ initiative – one that has a mission to provide children in Kenya with a better life. 

 

Nearly 25% of people who live in Kenya survive on less than $1.25 a day and have no access to even the most basic of medication and health services.

“This partnership is both an inspiration and an important example of the way private and NGO sectors can collaborate for the benefit of the poorest people in the world. I decided to join Trek for Kids because I truly believe that each of us can do a little bit more to help those who are in need to have a better life,”

With every dollar raised, GSK will match the funds, dollar for dollar, for up to $160,000 pounds With 40 trekkers in total, this means that $320,000 pounds is set to be raised - an amount that can do a lot of good in the rural areas of Kenya. 

 

 

Her preparation for the climb includes a sprint triathlon, a 25 metre wall climb in Singapore, a summer trek on Mount Fuji in Japan and finally, a half marathon in Cambodia.

“In addition to this, I am also running with teams here in the office every Tuesday, cycling on Sundays and fitness exercises in between!”

She says she could not have done any of it without the amazing people around her in Singapore, which includes her colleagues Ee-Ke Chew, Amy Jo Onrubia, Lily Sabrina, Yee Ching Cheung, Dineesha Mahtani, Manish Sehgal, Janet Lee and Preeti Kachroo Bhagat.

“It is amazing to look back and see all the positive changes that have happened thanks to the people around me who have supported me with this initiative for a good cause. Never be scared of challenges and you will be surprised at how many people would be ready to help overcome obstacles and share in the vision of having more happy and healthy kids in the world!,”

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