We did it again!

Together we raised more than 230 000 SEK for cancer research. Together we got Älmhult moving!

Open to the public

The charity race is arranged by IKEA Älmhult AB, on behalf of the IKEA companies in Älmhult, with the purpose to inspire more people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and raise money for vital cancer research. At the same time, this is also an initiative with the purpose to engage both local associations and other businesses in Älmhult, to join forces and do good together.

“We are of course very happy and proud of how well the event turned out. It was lovely to see all these people getting on their feet for such a great cause. This year our ambition was to create an even better experience, for both participants and people visiting. And I think we succeeded to do that, much thanks to a great engagement from the local community of Älmhult, including several local associations and businesses.

In total we have raised 234 605 SEK for the continued fight against cancer. We have received a lot of love and we would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone who contributed and made this happen. To all the participants, all our volunteers who did a great job during the day and everyone who gave happy cheers all along the course”.

Jenny Holmén Mattsson, Project leader at IKEA Älmhult AB.

Following in familiar footsteps 
With a great first start, Älmhult Fights Cancer took place in May 2023, with more than 700 participants, then raising 132 000 SEK for cancer research. The race is inspired by the well-known initiative IKEA Fights Cancer founded in 2018 by Ulf Johansson, Design Engineer at IKEA of Sweden. Following his cancer diagnosis in 2012, Johansson wanted to turn his diagnosis into a positive action, so he challenged himself and his colleagues to take part in the half-marathon in Gothenburg. With Älmhult Fights Cancer, the initiative has turned into a local community effort, gathering people in and around Älmhult, to join the fight against cancer.

Running for a good cause
The 234 605 SEK will be donated to the Mrs. Berta Kamprad Cancer Foundation. Founded in 1986 by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad – named after his mother who died of cancer at 53-years-old – the Mrs. Berta Kamprad Cancer Foundation supports the research and treatment of cancer, preferably by supporting the cancer research conducted at Skåne University Hospital, Lund. 

Let´s develop Älmhult for the next generation
IKEA Älmhult AB, including Aktivitetshuset, IKEA Museum, IKEA Hotell and IKEA Property AB, is on an exciting journey to make Älmhult an even better place for the next generation. Älmhult Fights Cancer is one example of projects connected to this. We want Älmhult to grow, with both people and businesses and make this a unique and attractive place where the many people can experience IKEA yesterday, today and tomorrow. We want to build the next generation of culture carriers and to strengthen the IKEA Brand.

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Photo / Film: Henrik Palmberg / Tobias Starck / Mattias Johansson

Thanks to everybody that made this possible!
OK Älme, Elmhults Sport Club, Friskis & Svettis, Älmhults IF, Älmhults Motorklubb, Älmhults Golfklubb, Älmhult Discgolf, Liatorps IF/Eneryda IF, Älmhults Innebandyklubb, Älmhults Kommun, Handelsplats Älmhult, Anemonen Blomsterhandel, Blomqvist Guldsmedsaffär, BT Järn, Kyrkbackens handelsträdgård, Hot Stuff, Hmode, Jeansbolaget, Optimera Älmhult, Trendhouse, P A Restaurang Catering Event, Scorett, Sibylla, Älmby Entreprenad, Profilhörnan, Röda korset, Folkets Hus, Playbox, Lekolar, DJ Foffe, Bajamaja, RaceID, CTiME Sweden, Elmhults Screentryck, Fotograf Henrik Palmberg, Starck Film, Älmhults Handelsplats, Live!, Willys, Barn & Fritidsprogrammet Haganässkolan, Handelsprogrammet Haganässkolan, and all volunteers.