"The Two Cities Challenge" raises funds for U.K. Cancer Research
Clients U.K. Cancer Research
Styled "The Two Cities Challenge," this fundraiser required participants to run the Paris marathon, cycle 300 miles from Paris to London, and finish by running the London marathon – all over the course of one grueling week in April. Eight lawyers from Jones Day's London office, along with two of their friends, took on all three events with a number of colleagues from the London and Paris Offices, joining them for the Paris marathon. The purpose of the Challenge was to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer-research charity. This organization was chosen because two of those taking part lost tragically young family members to cancer in 2007. The challenge, which exceeded its goal of raising £100,000 in personal and corporate donations, obtained sponsorships from several generous clients. Participant, Giles Elliott, EU head of Capital Markets for Jones Day, called the event "A great experience with great friends for a great cause." The other London office participants were John Disson, Rob Elliott, Leon Ferera, Will McDonald, Sebastian Orton, Rhys Phelps and Patrick Stafford. In recognition of their efforts, the attorneys were presented with Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope Award.