Team Valmet Supports Walk/Run For Wishes in Atlanta, Georgia

May 14, 2024

On May 11, Valmet employees from the Atlanta office joined forces to participate in the 20th Annual Walk/Run For Wishes event at Truist Park in Georgia. Hosted by Make-A-Wish®, this inspiring event brought together over 1,000 participants, 40 wish families, and 69 teams.

Walk for Wishes

From left to right: Kari Huovila, Katriina Huovila, Jukka Tiitinen, William Boylan, Karen Nguyen, Audrey Turner, Charlotte Turner, Emily Howard, Jimmy H., Rob Turner, Henry Turner, Gia H., Brianna Johnson, Kristopher Flick, Nathalia Leme, Joao Negrao, Airto Caletti Junior, Mikhail Levit not pictured : Andre Fujita

Making Wishes Come True

Walk/Run for Wishes has already raised more than $400,000, putting the organization well on its way to granting the wishes of every eligible child with critical illnesses in the local community. For over 40 years, Make-A-Wish has been transforming lives by granting life-changing wishes for children facing critical health challenges. 

Valmet’s Commitment to Social Responsibility 

Valmet’s participation in this localized effort is part of our global social responsibility program. In North America, we proudly support Make-A-Wish® with the theme “Equal Opportunities for Wellbeing.” Our team’s dedication to this cause reflects our commitment to making a positive impact on the communities where we operate. 

A Day of Fun and Support 

The Walk/Run For Wishes event was filled with activities for all ages. From face painting and music to zip lining and rock climbing, participants enjoyed a day of camaraderie and celebration. The Valmet team, donning bright shirts, showed up in force, demonstrating their unwavering support for this great cause. 

We brought a bigger team & brighter shirts this year! It was another great event, and I appreciate everyone who took time out of their weekend to support this cause. Special thanks to Craig Fauler, Sales and Application Engineer, for designing our t-shirts and to everyone who generously donated on behalf of Team Valmet.” -  Brianna Johnson, Valmet Team Captain

Impacting Lives: Meet Cecil 

Proceeds raised through donor support, including Valmet’s contributions, make it possible for wish kids like 5-year-old Cecil to experience the long-lasting impact of a wish.  

Meet Cecil Cecil’s journey began when doctors discovered a brain tumor when he was just 18 months old. After surgery and clinical trials, Cecil’s greatest wish was to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole. His family’s trip to Stratton, Vermont, during a blizzard allowed them to enjoy a winter wonderland and create cherished memories. 


About Make-A-Wish® 

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing moments for children with critical illnesses. Founded in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish operates locally in all 50 states throughout the U.S. With the support of generous donors, volunteers, and staff, Make-A-Wish brings hope and joy to children and their families during challenging times. 

For 2024, Make-A-Wish® has a variety of events planned across North America. Make-A-Wish volunteers consider their work impactful and meaningful. Volunteers even have the freedom to choose when and how they would like to transform lives in their communities. 

If you enjoy Walking for Wishes make sure to explore the upcoming walks and find an event in your area. 

Valmet's global social responsibility program

Valmet has expanded its global social responsibility program initiated in 2020 with new area-specific local projects around the world.

Valmet’s social responsibility program is part of the company’s sustainability agenda implementation. The program is based on three themes promoting science, nature and equal opportunities: ‘​Towards the future with science’, ‘Protecting the planet for next generations’​ and ‘Equal opportunities for wellbeing’​.

Based on these themes, several local projects in Valmet’s operating areas around the world have been selected to the program. Valmet’s local personnel has participated in the planning and preparation of the projects, and the final selection has been made by employee voting.