The Blue Planet Run Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicating to raising global awareness about the lack of safe drinking water, today announced Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) as the official provider of wireless products for the inaugural 2007 Blue Planet Run, which begins today.
The Blue Planet Run is an unprecedented around-the-world relay run that spotlights the human crises caused by the lack of safe drinking water in impoverished communities globally.
Motorola, a global leader in wireless and broadband communications, will provide all wireless equipment necessary for the 20 Blue Planet runners and support staff to stay connected to each other, family and the press during the 95-day run. “Motorola’s support with wireless products will be essential every step of the way,” said Matt Kursh, CEO of the Blue Planet Run Foundation,“ Particularly, the Q9 is the ideal device for the run, keeping everyone in touch through phone calls and e-mail, and allowing us to document the experience with crisp pictures and videos from around the world,”.
Motorola is committed to harnessing the power of its global brand to benefit people around the world. “With more than one billion people throughout the world lacking access to safe drinking water, we felt compelled to get involved,” said Jeremy Dale, corporate vice president, Mobile Devices Global Marketing, Motorola. “Motorola’s dependable products will ensure Blue Planet Run athletes and support staff stay seamlessly connected to each other so that they can spread the vital message that safe drinking water must be made available to all.”
The 2007 Blue Planet Run event, which is made possible by the support of The Dow Chemical Company, will circumnavigate the earth’s Northern Hemisphere, covering 15,200 miles, passing through 16 countries and 4 continents, 24 hours a day for 95 days to deliver the message and importance of ensuring safe drinking water for everyone on the planet. Events in cities and towns along the route will mark the run’s arrival, educate local residents about the water crisis and inspire action. The Run concludes in New York City on September 4.
At its completion, the Run will have passed through Ireland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Canada and the United States.
Visit www.blueplanetrun.org for complete details of the 2007 Blue Planet Run team and the Run route.
About the Blue Planet Run Foundation
Blue Planet Run Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising global awareness about the need for safe drinking water and funding working solutions today for the billion people living without water. The U.S.-based foundation connects nongovernmental organizations worldwide with funding and promotes operational sustainability. The foundation’s signature awareness and fund-raising event is the Blue Planet Run, the first-ever around-the-world relay.
For more information about the Blue Planet Run Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit www.blueplanetrun.org. Blue Planet Run is a registered trademark of the Blue Planet Run Foundation.
About Motorola, Inc.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering „must have“ products, „must do“ experiences and powerful networks — along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $42.9 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com.