This March, for the 2nd consecutive year, almost 60 Suzhou employees from Convergys, a global leader in customer management, volunteered at the Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon.
Since it started in 2010, Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon has been successfully held as an annual international sport event hosted by Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) and Sports Bureau of Jiangsu Province, organized by Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee, Suzhou Municipal Sports Bureau, Suzhou WE Sports and Culture Development Co., Ltd.
This year, the marathon attracted more than 30,000 runners from over 50 countries and areas, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Japan, the US, Britain, France and Germany. It also engaged over 2,000 individual volunteers to ensure a smooth festival.
Convergys volunteers fulfilled diverse roles from registration, shirt hand-out, assistance in water, food and aid stations, to the finish line. “It’s amazing that I don't have to be a runner to enjoy the excitement. I enjoyed working as part of a support team and helped ensure a positive experience for our thousands of runners,” said Quasimodo Sun, one of our volunteers. Out of all the volunteer jobs Quasimodo has had over the years, he said his favorite by far is as a Bib Distributor at Registration. “You are the first to congratulate them and welcome them to Suzhou,” he said. It is important to him to give a big welcome and to interact with each runner he talks to. For him, it is a chance to converse with fellow runners from all over the globe. When asked what it means to him to work as a Marathon volunteer, Quasimodo said it is a true honor. “I see it as labor of love.” he said.
Convergys strives to be a good corporate citizen, recognizing its social responsibility to help bring positive change in the communities in which we operate. Late last year, over 60 Convergys Community Action Network (CAN) volunteers have pioneered in helping visually-disabled people for social inclusion through the “Be YOUR Eyes” program, the first CSR project of Convergys China in partnership with Red Cap Volunteer Association in 2016.