We organize and support local initiatives for employees and local communities. An inexhaustive selection is presented below.
Swim to Fight Cancer
Five teams of Synthon Biopharmaceuticals employees participated in the first edition of Swim to Fight Cancer Nijmegen. This is a unique recreational swim of 1,500-2,000 meters in natural water in an urban setting. Participants and teams are sponsored and raise as much money as possible to 'Fight cancer'. This foundation raises funds for scientific cancer research carried out by young talented researchers, and prevention through KWF Kankerbestrijding*. The swim was a success not only in terms of sports - all Synthon Biopharmaceuticals participants managed to swim the whole distance - but also in the amount of money raised. You can read more about the swim here.
* Dutch foundation dedicated to combating cancer through scientific research, education, patient support and fundraising
Stem cell donors
The Matchis Foundation is the Dutch center for stem cell donors. As Synthon Biopharmaceuticals supports the foundation's work, we helped to promote stem cell donation within our company. During a recruitment campaign, 44 colleagues registered as new stem cell donors. Synthon Biopharmaceuticals also reimbursed the costs incurred by the Matchis Foundation for the tissue identification of 25 new donors.
In 2017, we selected the KidzBase foundation for our annual Christmas donation. The foundation aims to help Dutch children who do not have the opportunity to grow up in their own families. These children have been displaced from their homes because of a dysfunctional situation. They have experienced a lot and lack safe and stable homes. KidzBase works with specialized and professional care institutions. With individual and small-scale projects, they aim to bring color to the children's lives once more.
In 2018, we selected the National AYA 'Young and Cancer' Platform for our annual Christmas donation. The foundation aims to help AYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) - young people aged between 18 and 35 who have been diagnosed with cancer. In the Netherlands, this involves 2,700 young adults every year. The required care must focus on topics that are relevant to AYAs during and also after cancer: age-specific AYA care that allowes AYAs to get on with their lives.