Health & Wellness Valls’ Sant Jordi Day for the Community and Vélizy Hospital Visit

Valls’ Sant Jordi Day for the Community and Vélizy Hospital Visit

On Friday April 22nd Lear Valls celebrated the Catalan tradition of Sant Jordi that takes place each April 23rd. This centuries-old celebration consists of men receiving books and women receiving roses. Local and flower stands are set up on the streets for the people to browse and make purchases. Many schools and organizations use this opportunity to sell roses to collect money to fund their activities. As this year’s Sant Jordi fell on Saturday, Lear Valls took the opportunity to turn the festivities into an event to support the community, in continuing with last year’s Sant Jordi initiative.

Led by Raffaele Rizzarelli (VP – Electronics Eng., Europe & Africa) and Jordi Bigorra (Dir. – Mechanical Eng. & Design Electronics), the team of Lear “Jordis” from different departments sold natural roses which were supplied from two different schools: Institut Serra de Miramar and Col.legi Claret de Valls. This year, they also sold handcrafted roses from the local non-profit organization Ziga Zaga.

“Reaching for greatness is also about reflecting Lear’s leadership within the community that makes Lear who we are,” said Jorge Morales (Europe & Africa Warranty Mgr.). “Being able to take a step back from our daily business and take the time to assist in maintaining local traditional events such as Sant Jordi Day within our campus was extraordinary. It was astonishing to see how the campus in Valls participated enabling the charity collection for local schools and community services to be a success.”

“You can feel Sant Jordi's Day in every corner of the Lear campus,” added Jordi Salsench (Platform Manager – BMW). “It’s a special day and everybody knows it. This is creating a special link between all the community and it is making the Lear spirit more visible.”

Earlier this month, Lear France’s Vélizy team visited the Hospital Gustave Roussy after holding a charity breakfast in order to raise money for the teenagers undergoing medical treatment. Lear Vélizy is building a continued relationship with the medical center, one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes and one of Europe’s biggest oncology centers. Last year the team reached out to the hospital as one of its 2015 community service initiatives to provide items to raise the children’s spirits during their stay.

Neighboring companies had been invited to join and a local bakery even participated by providing additional free “Viennoiserie” pastries when they found out about the purpose of Lear’s breakfast order. Nathalie Navarro (Trim & Materials Engineer) said, “The cause of sick children is important to me. I was happy to participate to this event and give some of my time and energy. It is rewarding to know that we bring them a bit of sun.”

The Lear team raised more than €700 which was put to good use by buying a Nintendo Wii as well as several joysticks and games. Not only will these video games help the teenagers better cope with their hospital treatment by sharing enjoyable and fun moments together but also the choice was made with the advice of the unit’s coordinating nurse Loic, who said, “Some video games like Just Dance are used by our developmental therapist in a therapeutic scope with the children. Hence our choice in favor of the Wii.”

“As soon as it was opened, the Wii was immediately installed by Loic in the ‘Squat’ where the teenagers gather and gaming started right away,” said Emilie Bergot (Exec. Asst.). “Our Lear collaborators stepped out without the children even noticing but for once the adults were happy about it!”

With more than 120 team members, Lear Vélizy is a R&D center as well as a corporate and French administrative office located near Paris. Founded in 1926, the Institut Gustave-Roussy itself is located in Villejuif, located 7 km (4.5 miles) south of Paris’ city center and has as its mission a wholly integrated approach to research, care and teaching regarding cancer.

Posted on 4/23/2016

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