On Thursday 20th September, the APRIL Foundation celebrated its 10th birthday at Port Rambaud in Lyon. Ten years of commitment and initiatives in the field of health care and prevention, working closely with fragile and vulnerable populations.
Over 150 guests attended the event to celebrate the APRIL Foundation's 10th birthday.
Bruno Rousset, Chairman of the APRIL Group and the APRIL Foundation took the opportunity to take stock of the Foundation's decade of work to promote new lifestyles and alternatives to 'treatment-based solutions'. He particularly highlighted the Foundation's founding conviction: "In order to change things, you need to have a positive approach to healthcare where everyone can take action through their own behaviour."
As for Jean-Pierre Claveranne (Vice-Chairman of the APRIL Foundation and lecturer at IFROSS), Pascal Gleyze (orthopaedic surgeon) and Pierre Wolff (MD), they looked back at the origins of the Foundation and its contribution over the past 10 years from their scientific and academic perspective.
Nathalie Hassel (Director of the APRIL Foundation) pointed to the role of the Foundation today. "The APRIL Foundation works to help fragile and vulnerable populations, particularly children, young people, carers and cancer patients in remission. It has three main missions: 1/ to understand the major societal issues in terms of healthcare - 2/ to help the general public understand these issues so they can take control of their own health - 3/ to support innovative initiatives working to advance healthcare in the region.
The discussions continued during a round table. Indeed, the APRIL Foundation decided to spotlight four of its partners in order to illustrate its daily work and commitment through practical examples.
- The France Répit Foundation, with the 'Connected watchdog for carers'.
- The Léon Bérard centre and its 'Eating better, feeling better through nutritional advice' programme aimed at women suffering from breast cancer.
- The Unis-Cité association which is conducting an awareness-raising campaign about the importance of a balanced diet for children.
- Handicap International and its Hizy.org digital platform intended for people with specific needs and their carers.
Fabienne Ernoult (Executive Officer for CSR and the APRIL Foundation) brought the plenary to a close by sharing the major upcoming issues in terms of healthcare and the prospects for the APRIL Foundation in the future. "It has been a great pleasure to move forward alongside our partners; the success of a project depends on the people involved. I would like to take the opportunity this evening to thank them," she concluded.
Discussions continued in a friendly atmosphere during an evening event at which the 150 guests tested out workshops dedicated to nutrition and a letting-go experience... all the right ingredients to look on the bright side of healthcare!
To take a look at what the APRIL Foundation does, in pictures, click here
To find out more about the APRIL Foundation's work over the past 10 years, download the press release