Beach Volleyball Tournament Raises Funds to Battle ALS

Crawford & Company Netherlands has been congratulated by colleagues and clients after its annual beach volleyball tournament raised more than €31,000 for charity.

The Young Crawford ALS Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament took place in October and involved 53 teams from Crawford and other insurance industry sectors. The event raised much-needed funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND). This is a fatal nerve and muscle disease that affects about 1,500 people annually in the Netherlands alone.

ALS Torunament Netherlands“Each year, nearly 500 people die from the condition, with another 500 patients being diagnosed,” said Jurgen Baumann, adjuster at Crawford, who helped organize the annual competition with his colleague Linda Zuijlen, also a Crawford adjuster.

“ALS is poorly understood, and currently there is no known cure. Since there is no government funding, research into this fatal disease is undertaken by the ALS Center Research and ALS Foundation Netherlands,” added Zuijlen. “The foundation finances this research and provides care and support to ALS sufferers and their families, with the help of donations and gifts.”

Since 2013, Crawford & Company Netherlands has organised the tournament, which took place at the Strandpaviljoen, Aalsmeer. The five-member teams battled it out during 10-minute games for a total of three hours.

“Each team had to raise a minimum of €150, so to reach more than €31,000 was a really great achievement,” adds George Oostrom, Crawford vice president and managing director of Benelux and France. “Crawford itself put eight teams into the competition, so we were definitely in it to win it!”

Food and refreshments were provided after the event, allowing all participants time to network and share their experience.

“It was a great experience for everyone involved, and we’re delighted to have raised so much for this worthy cause,” said Oostrom. “I would like to personally thank the 53 teams from around the industry who came to the event, and we look forward to repeating its success in 2016.”

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