Building a project: RunAssceaux

Vaincre la Mucoviscidose” is an organization my family has always financially supported, yet never really been a part of: it is a five-decade-old organization whose aim is to fund cystic fibrosis research and help cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In France, CF is the most common genetic disease: the number of CF patients is estimated at 6.800. When Me Stéphane Baller, co-director of our diploma and partner at EY Société d’avocats, encouraged us to build a project from scratch, I was glad to have the opportunity to encourage solidarity. Our Grande Ecole du Droit Degree is well known locally for the strong solidarity between “GEDy warriors” students (as our dear professor M. Einbinder calls us). Fellow students and dear friends joined me in this project: our team was born, and I will forever be grateful to Mai, Anne-Isabelle and Mayeul, for creating together a project so close to my heart.

Our team was easily brought together, yet you might not have bet a coin on us back in 2014: we are all very different (a blond violinist dreaming of Singapore, a Vietnamese Alumni President hooked on Harvey Specter from Suits, a ginger-beard fiscal specialist, and myself, a Media Law, cooking and shoe passionate). We all individually wanted to help an organization. Indeed, although you could consider our workload to be quite important, it is important for students to find time for other things, such as sport, music, cooking … Our “thing” for 2015 was the RunAssceaux project.

The place of the event : Parc de Sceaux

The place of the event : Parc de Sceaux

Our project was as follows.

Every year, “Vaincre la Mucoviscidose” organizes “Virades de l’Espoir” everywhere in France, which consists in fun fundraising events where runs are organized to raise money. Also, many other activities are held during the day, such as make-up for children, pony rides, jumping castles … The “Virade” close to our University is held at the Parc de Sceaux, where many big events are held, such as a SuperTramp concert back in 1983, or Madonna on stage in 1987 in front of 130 000 fans.

Raphaelle, Yasmine, and Salomé: GED volunteers at the event

Raphaelle, Yasmine, and Salomé: GED volunteers at the event

After months of organizing and gathering students and friends, over twenty students from the Grande Ecole du Droit (Jean Monnet Law School, Sceaux) offered to help on the day of the event, by volunteering on different tasks to make sure the run went as planned. Blue t-shirts on, green scarves tied: our team was ready to help. While some of us were stationed along the run to make sure the runners followed the right path or to help anyone in need, others were at the finish line to distribute energizing drinks and chocolate bars.

Mai and Anne-Isabelle, members of the RunAssceaux project on September 27th.

Mai and Anne-Isabelle, members of the RunAssceaux project on September 27th.

As for our runners, they teamed up: seventy RunAssceaux runners carried our GED banners among 2200 other runners. Our team of GED students was joined by other law schools, notably students from ENS Cachan (Bessières). In addition, our professor, Stéphane Baller, partner at EY Société d’avocats, joined us in the run. Thanks to great motivation and dedication to this project, our team was the second biggest team of the event, which won us a trophy and a place on the podium.

Part of the Grande Ecole du droit team of runners

Part of the Grande Ecole du droit team of runners

Me Stéphane Baller & Emma Laudinat after the fundraising run

Me Stéphane Baller & Emma Laudinat after the fundraising run

Gathering students from first year of law school to students back from an LL.M or even older, our RunAssceaux runners looked stunning in yellow (many thanks to EY and Me Baller for the t-shirts). All things considered, our runners and volunteers looked particularly dashing if you take into account they came back from the Grande Ecole du Droit integration week-end only twelve hours before the start of the run!

The person I am personally most grateful to is Philippe Tariel, coordinator of the Runs at the Virade, who gave us a lot of his time. Together, we have built a strong relationship between the Grande Ecole du Droit and the Virade de l’Espoir. I firmly believe this relationship will be strengthened by renewing our project year after year, and by new generation of students taking part. Many thanks must also be given to Michel Soublin, President of the Virade de Sceaux, and his wife, Catherine Soublin, the volunteer coordinator, who was very supportive of our initiative.

Building this project has taught my team and I many things: fixing our goals and objectives, being realistic, and being exceptionally organized (dealing with almost 100 people is quite a task). I am exceptionally proud to have brought the trophy home, and I hope RunAssceaux will win another one next year, this time by finishing first?

Many thanks to everyone who participated! See you next year.

By Emma Laudinat