Axalta races ahead in the fight for cancer
Basel, Switzerland – 03 June 2019 – For the ninth consecutive year, a team from Axalta - a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings – in Belgium, has participated in the annual Kom op Tegen Kanker (KOTK) 1,000km cycle ride, raising over 5,000Euros for this leading Belgian cancer charity.
From 30 May to 2 June 2019, Axalta’s enthusiastic eight-strong team of Belgian employees cycled the grueling 1,000km across Belgium in very hot and humid conditions. To complete the challenge, each one of the eight employees cycled 125km, spread over four days, starting and finishing in the historic city of Mechelen every day, via Antwerp on the first day, Zedelgem on the second, Diest on the third and Oudenaarde on the fourth.
The bike race took place just a few weeks after KOTK’s 100km run that was first introduced in 2018. On 25 March 2019, a team of four Axalta Belgian colleagues joined over 500 other teams that ran along the beautiful towpaths, in Boom, Belgium, raising more funds for the charity.
Axalta’s employees trained tirelessly to prepare for both these events, their performance driven by the importance of the charity and the work it does. Herbert van der Donk, Axalta’s Plant Manager in Mechelen, says, “Axalta is dedicated to community engagement and to supporting the communities in which we operate. We couldn’t be prouder of our colleagues and their incredible commitment to this important cause. Cancer affects so many people and the clinical research that charities like KOTK carry out is vital to achieve higher survivability rates and a better quality of life for cancer patients. We are very grateful not only to our own employees, but also to the other thousands of participants in these annual events that enable KOTK to carry on its amazing work.”
Over the past nine years, Axalta has raised an impressive 100,000Euros for KOTK. This year, the combined total raised by the bike and foot races by all the participants was 7.152.500 euro.
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colourful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.co.uk and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.