In the future, we plan on funding research in schools and universities in Modern Biology to understand genetics, disease and inheritance. To that end, 356,000 shares of the Company’s common stock is held by a UK registered charity. This charity was established for the advancement of educational training and the understanding of the public particularly in STEM subjects.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate and touches the lives of many people around the world. That is why the focus for our Corporate Social Responsibility activities is on helping those who have faced cancer and who are using their experiences to help others.
To this end we are proud supporters of Sean Swarner a two-time cancer survivor.
Despite the ill-health he has suffered Sean has achieved some near impossible feats. He was the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world – Mount Everest, a physiological impossibility due to the fact he only has one functioning lung.
In 2015 Volition was one of the supporters of Sean’s trek to the South Pole; one of the 7-Summit challenges. The timing of this trip was incredibly significant as it was the 25th anniversary of Sean’s last chemotherapy treatment.
Sean and his team tackled the 8-day, 60-nautical mile trek to the South Pole through harsh conditions of sub-zero temperatures, high winds and frozen ice and snow to show how we can all do incredible things despite the obstacles in our paths.
Following on from this amazing expedition Volition is continuing to support Sean with his 2017 North Pole Flag Challenge. The concept of the challenge is to take a flag, which has been adorned with the names of 1,000,000 people who have been touched by cancer, to the North Pole. The names will also be turned into a mural by artists with duplicates being displayed across the globe.