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Sport and Charity Become One at SPIEF 2019

St. Petersburg, April 23. Acting Governor of the Kursk Region Roman Starovoit will lead the region’s delegation to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2019). The Forum will take place in St. Petersburg on 6–8 June 2019 under the main theme of Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda.

Roman Starovoit also plans to join the Roscongress SPIEF Race. The Roscongress Foundation and World Class, Russia’s largest gym chain, organize the race. The first SPIEF Race was held in 2016. About 300 people participated that year.

"I look forward to being a part of and joining such a large-scale sporting event as Roscongress SPIEF Race. As far as the participants, the place and the format, it is a fine and unique initiative. I sincerely support the Foundation in this project. For me, participation in the race is a continuation of a heart-warming tradition that we are also actively keeping up in the Kursk Region. We have the ‘Kursk Runs. You Run’ project through which we promote sports, a healthy lifestyle and philanthropy. I believe that together with as many people as possible, both in deed and word, we can achieve better results. Everyone is important because the positive changes first occur within ourselves and then spread beyond. A sport like nothing else encourages it, builds endurance, and in our case, also a team spirit, when the race is not just for strong body and soul, but for a meaningful purpose! The Roscongress Foundation's particular attention to philanthropy and organization of such events are particularly gratifying, and we are excited to step in," - said Roman Starovoit, Acting Governor of the Kursk Region.

"Kursk Runs. You Run" is a charity project of the Kursk Region for those into sports and helping children. It is a way to directly support families in hardships: multi-child households, fire victims, single mothers, disabled children and children in need of expensive medical treatment. Anyone can participate in a race by donating 100 roubles or more to the account of The World of Childhood regional charity Marathon. 

Age group 18+

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

The Foundation’s events draw more than 80,000 participants each year from 195 countries, with more than 10,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 75 countries worldwide.

The Social Platform is a strategic initiative of the Roscongress Foundation that aims to establish and maintain a stable dialogue between the business, government and civil society structures. We create feedback tools within the framework of existing forums, continuously promote the social agenda, and facilitate the development of a healthy social environment and philanthropy in Russia. The platform’s mission is to facilitate the consolidation, establishment of a dialogue, and cooperation between the entities involved in the social ecosystem and also promote socially significant projects and the development of a culture of social inclusion in Russia.

In February 2019 the Innosocium Foundation for Social Development Aid was established. The Foundation’s main objectives are to provide practical support for priority areas of social development, create and promote the social agenda at the communication platforms of the Roscongress Foundation, implement socially significant and charitable initiatives, facilitate the development and enhance the effectiveness of NPOs and corporate social responsibility in addition to international cooperation within the sustainable development agenda, and strengthen the positive image of Russia. The key focuses of Innosocium are social issues, culture, education, the environment, social communications, and women’s leadership. One key aspect of the Innosocium Foundation’s activities is to participate in business programme events organized by the Roscongress Foundation as well as organize sessions using its own platform.