Team Herbalife was awarded the Corporate Spirit Award at the 19th annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Sunday, given to the company that raises the most money for pediatric AIDS research. The team raised $160,000, the largest among corporate teams, to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). The company also retains the Corporate Challenge Cup for the fastest men's and women's times among competing companies.
Triathlete Erika Aklufi, sponsored by Herbalife (NYSE:HLF), placed first as overall female amateur racer, as well as placing first in women's 25-29 division (1:27:00). Out of all female competitors, amateur and professional, Aklufi had the second fastest time for the triathlon.
The event raised a total of $500,000 for EGPAF. Over the past nine years, the event has donated approximately $1.4 million to this charity.
Herbalife was the official nutrition sponsor of the event with 140 participants competing on Team Herbalife.
Herbalife competed among corporate challengers including Kaiser and Nestle. Funds were raised by employees and Herbalife independent distributors, with support from the Herbalife Family Foundation, whose mission is to support children at risk around the world.
"I'm honored to work with people who 'walk the talk' everyday and show how people and companies can make a huge difference in their communities," said Herbalife Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Johnson. "We have incredible employees and distributors who demonstrate what Herbalife is all about."
"We commend the efforts of everyone on Team Herbalife in raising the money in the corporate challenge of this event to support pediatric AIDS research," said Sherry Vrooman, external events manager at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. "In two years, Herbalife has raised $248,000 for the Foundation."
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation creates a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS, providing care and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses. For more information about the Foundation visit www.pedaids.org or call 310.314.1459.