The Krakow Business Run is an annual corporate charity relay race that takes place across 6 different Polish cities. This year Luxoft was again one of the primary organizers and sponsors in Krakow and Wrocław. The event is organized by Jasiek Mela’s Beyond the Horizons Foundation, which supports individuals who have had to undergo limb amputations. This year, over a million zloty (265,834 US dollars) were collected across Poland for the beneficiaries of the foundation.

This year’s beneficiaries in Krakow and Wrocław are:
  • Piotr Kęska, a 30-year-old citizen of Krakow who lost his leg at the thigh as a result of a traffic accident last year. Piotr needs a prosthesis that will give him greater autonomy and allow him to return to work.
  • Anna Drobna, a 29-year-old from Wadowice who was born missing her left arm below the elbow. Anna actually participated in this year’s Krakow Business Run as part of Jasiek Mela’s team of amputees. The prosthesis Anna needs will be the first of its kind in Poland.
  • Łukasz Drąg, a 25-year-old native of Wilkow who suffered a motorcycle accident in April 2015 that left him without his left leg and arm. Lukasz needs a special (and expensive) prosthesis for his left leg that he can attach by himself with his remaining arm.
  • Karol Kowalski, a 20-year-old from Wrocław. In 2014 he lost his left leg when his bicycle collided with a tram. He also has problems with his hip. He is still in the hospital at present, but the Wrocław business run will provide him with the prosthesis he needs to get moving again.

At Luxoft, our connection to the event runs so deep that Danuta Bujok, the beneficiary of Krakow Business Run 2014, now works in Luxoft. Because of the unusually large amount of funds collected, it’s looking like the foundation will be able to help not just these individuals, but hopefully a few more!

In Krakow, more than 4,000 of the city’s corporate employees raised money for a good cause while promoting healthy lifestyles and networking. Almost 150 Luxoft employees took part in the run, and the speediest Luxofter was developer Viktor Mikhaylov, who completed the 4 kilometer route in 15 minutes and 17 seconds. The fastest Luxoft team was the appropriately named ‘You Won't Get Us’ whose 5 members completed the event in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 17 seconds – good for 28th place in a field of 772 teams!

Bartek Strozek, Managing Director of Luxoft Wrocław , had plenty to say about the event: “It’s the first time that the Poland Business Run initiative took place in Wrocław, and we’re proud that we were one of the main organizers of the event. It was a great pleasure and joy to be able to help Beyond the Horizons raise over 47,000 zloty for our beneficiary.” Wojciech Mach, Managing Director of Luxoft Poland added, “This is an amazing event, where we have fun together, improve our lives by running, and together help disabled people have new lives.”


Written by Luxoft News Team, Michael Kammer
Krakow and Wroclaw Business Run a local CSR initiative with Global Impact.  Stay tuned for more on the event…