This Sunday at the Zurich Marathon, Markus Leuthold, Martin Kirchberger, Siddhartha Jha and Jane Bevan, employees of the hearing aid manufacturer Phonak, will run a sum distance of 42.2km as a fundraiser for the Hear the World Foundation.
The team is getting their running shoes ready for the big day on Sunday. Jane is usually not the type to join a marathon team, and as she put it, “I am totally lazy by default so I need a real reason to get myself out and running. Hear the World has some great projects around the world, so it’s good to raise some money for that.”
Her teammate Martin would also not normally be running, but for Hear the World he makes an exception: “Who wouldn’t want to get up at 8am on a Sunday to run in the rain for more than an hour? But if you know why we run, it’s understandable. Hear the World helps around the world to give people with hearing loss a better chance in life. It’s motivating to get active for such an important cause and actually, it’s great to run around Lake Zürich at any time.”
Team Martin-Markus-Siddhartha-Jane are one of approximately 10 teams from Phonak who will be running on Sunday all for the Hear the World Foundation. The foundation was established by Phonak and aims to create a world in which each person has a chance of good hearing, focusing specifically on projects which support children with hearing loss. As a non-profit organization, the foundation relies on commitment from "VoluntEars" and donations, and Markus is planning on helping out with the Special Olympics this summer in Bern.
Materialise chose to support the team as Phonak’s mission is close to the one we have: Make a better and healthier world. Since December 2000, Phonak has been collaborating with the Materialise software team to create a solution for mass personalized hearing aids. Instead of having to wear hearing aids that are not always the perfect fit for one’s ear, people and especially kids can now benefit from 3D printed hearing aids that are customized for each patient.
Today, over 99% of hearing implants are 3D printed and since 2000, this partnership has managed to transform an industry and has helped more than 10 million people with a better quality of life for individuals suffering from hearing loss. You can also support Hear the World by clicking here. The Materialise team wishes the team good luck on the race on Sunday!