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News Article : Monaco & Charity Update
Published: 26/05/2016 by : Simon Morillas

Welcome to Monaco, the traditional “jewel of the season” and everybody's favourite place to get somebody else to buy the drinks!

After all the fly always and excitement in Spain it's nice to be back in Monaco, the history, the glamour, those amazing views and of course a rare Friday off to recover from Thursday night's Rascasse and street walk excitement.

Monaco's always a bit special, and to celebrate we've decided to use it to announce that our Supported Charity for 2016 will again be the UBS Optimus Foundation, specifically the Boxgirls program in South African townships. Boxgirls is an amazing initiative set up to teach South African township girls to box in order to increase their self confidence and self-efficacy. The program was originally developed at the Freie University in Berlin and has been replicated in Kenya. As a result of the program, the girls develop increased self confidence, are better equipped to deal with and de-escalate violent situations, and school attendance and performance has improved as a result. With the support of the UBS Optimus Foundation and RunThatTrack the program is now ready to be piloted in South Africa.

Since the start of the 2011 season, UBS has been generously donating on behalf of the RunThatTrack community to range of charities. In this time our little running community has helped raise a remarkable $1,350,000 USD thanks to the generous support of UBS and we want to keep pushing that figure higher in 2016. However, to do this we need your support!

Now, this being F1 and all that, we’re continuously looking at ways to evolve the RunThatTrack programme, and so for the sixth year of our partnership with UBS we've decided to develop the donation mechanic slightly. In past years the donation system has been based on a per lap run basis, for this year we are simplifying the system and at the same time providing an F1 paddock wide target; to unlock the $75,000 USD donation to the UBS Optimus Foundation, as a paddock group we need to run and register 2,500 laps.

Looking at the target, 2,500 laps was chosen as a benchmark figure that poses a challenge but is certainly obtainable for the RunThatTrack community. For each year during our UBS partnership, our little running community has easily surpassed this figure (we are almost on a 3000 lap/year average), so hitting the magic 2500 mark shouldn’t problem. We've updated the homepage to now include the current lap tally for the year, along with a breakdown of the number of laps required to unlock the charity donation, and we'll be sure to include an update in each of the news items and emails that we send out. So, with all that, let's get out and hit the track, for 2016 it really is a case of #UBSEveryLapCounts

With the big Charity reveal done it's back to the Monaco track. Now traditionally the Monaco event has been a Non Championship round on account of our health and safety friends in the high vis jackets. For those of you that do manage a lap, take care, your lap will still count towards the charity total but no championship points will be awarded, so maybe for this weekend you are better off having a stroll around the bars and boats instead...

That's about it for now, enjoy the weekend and don't forget #UBSEveryLapCounts

Simon Morillas
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