Grand National sponsor Randox hosts polo event in Scotland
Returning to the home of 2017 Randox Health Grand National winner One For Arthur, the sponsor of the world’s greatest horse race is hosting an international polo tournament in the heart of Scotland this weekend.
Not only is Scotland known for some of the biggest names in horse racing but the country, which was this week voted by tourists as the most beautiful country in the world, also hosts an impressive polo scene – Randox has been hosting international polo tournaments there for over 15 years. This year the global healthcare company is hosting internationally renowned polo players from countries including Argentina and South Africa at Errol Park in Perthshire, where teams will play in front of hundreds of spectators.
In celebration of Scotland’s rich equestrian heritage and talent, guests of honour at this year’s Randox Polo will include the winning trainer from this year’s Randox Health Grand National, Lucinda Russell, and ‘Golf Widow’ Belinda McClung.
Randox Founder and Managing Director, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, who is himself taking part in the Randox Polo Tournament, commented;
“There are few sports that come close to the speed of the action and the thrill of the chase in a competitive polo match, but there is one that springs to mind. Winning the Randox Health Grand National, the world’s most famous horse race, is achieved by only the very best in this field, and I am delighted that five months after I handed over the trophy, the winning trainer and owner, Lucinda Russell and Belinda McClung, are joining us in Perthshire at our international polo tournament. It is through events like these that we are able to share our Randox Health message with the public, and by taking care of our health we are able to make the most of life’s special moments and occasions.”
Unveiled at this weekend’s Randox Polo tournament will be the health firm’s first Mobile Health Clinic, designed to meet the increasing demand for the healthcare service which has stemmed from the sponsorship of the Randox Health Grand National, and to make the world’s most advanced and personalised health check accessible to all.
Dr. FitzGerald continued;
“Our new mobile services marks a departure from traditional models of healthcare provision and is in line with our passion for innovation. We’re delighted to be able to offer guests to our polo event our unique Randox Health technology, so that anyone who wants to take their health into their own hands, can do so.”
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Not all interesting stories have to be about somebody’s hidden talents, extra-curricular achievements or claims to fame.
Some of the most inspiring tales can just be about overcoming adversity; about pushing on to find a better life for yourself; about strength of spirit.
It takes a lot of courage and faith to be able to start your life over, but that’s just what our Business Development Executive, Natalia Cútolo did.
And not just once, but three times. From Argentina to Italy, Italy to Scotland, and finally Scotland to Northern Ireland, Natalia has finally found a country to call home.
Here’s her story.
My story isn’t about art. It’s not about music. It’s not about sport or any other interesting hobby.
It’s about life change and determination.
I’m originally from Argentina but I was becoming increasingly unhappy with my life there. I was unhappy with my career, (I have a degree in International Commerce but I had been working as an IT admin for 6 years), and with how the economy was deteriorating in my country. Based on my knowledge of the economy I knew it was only going to get worse.
I no longer felt like Argentina was my home, as my mother had passed away from cancer.
As an only child it was very difficult to cope with, so I decided to take a holiday to Italy, as that’s where my family is originally from. I think I was searching for some sort of connection to my roots – that feeling of belonging. When I went to Italy I felt like I was back home.
Therefore last year I made the huge decision to sell everything and move abroad with my dog and cat (because I think that when you make a commitment, you should fulfil that commitment no matter what your choices are).
Not expecting the crisis to be worse than Argentina, I found myself struggling to get a job in Italy. Even though I loved the country and my experience there was fascinating, I was running out of savings. My life in Italy was not meant to be.
So towards the end of last year I got an au pair opportunity in Scotland where I was able to bring my pets with me, and we moved again. Unfortunately I was unable to afford the flight tickets for my pets, so I decided to drive the 2200km from Italy to Scotland.
I met some incredible people in Scotland and the au pair experience was so unique. I love working with children and I knew I was doing something really worthwhile. I felt productive and useful.
The au pair experience however was only a 2 month contract and so had to come to an end. At that point I thought, why not give Northern Ireland a try? By then I had a boyfriend living in Northern Ireland so I decided I may as well move closer to him.
I moved here in February 2017 but it took me 3 months to get proper job offers in the areas in which I wanted to work. When I first moved over I was just doing some casual work in a bar and one of my colleagues in that bar told me about a job fair in the City Hall. When I found Randox at that job fair I started to research the company. I was fascinated by the statements made by Dr. FitzGerald that I had read in several different interviews and I felt that I 100% identified with his vision for global healthcare. Finding a company that cares about people’s wellbeing is just so unique, and I knew I had to be part of it.
I honestly didn’t think I would be selected. It was too good to be true.
I remember so vividly the day I was contacted to arrange an interview. I almost ended up cancelling because my previous misfortune had meant I had had to sell my car.
But so far I had seized every opportunity I had been given, and that wasn’t going to change. I wasn’t going to give up on this one.
I had my interview, and basically, I was amazed by the fact that I had an opportunity with a company that had such an inspiring aim to change the world.
Better still, this amazing company was interested in ME!
After the interview the Randox Human Resources team called me to say I got the job and I was so shocked. I couldn’t believe that after the year I had I was finally being offered not just a job, but my dream job!
My perseverance and resilience had all been worth it.
I started in May 2017 as a Business Development Executive for Latin America; a role which makes me still feel really close to my culture. It’s the perfect balance because the country of Northern Ireland is just so perfect for me, but I also have the opportunity to bring health back to Argentina.
I’ve been in the country for five months now and I feel happier than ever because not only am I doing what I love but I have finally been able to settle down and make a life for myself in this beautiful country, surrounded by the lovely and welcoming people of Northern Ireland.
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If you are interested in joining our global team make sure that you check out the Randox careers website to see what new opportunities we have for you.
Piano, polo and cardiac risk profiles were part of the mix enjoyed by more than a hundred guests from around the world at the annual Randox Laboratories’ weekend in Scotland.
World-renowned concert pianist Barry Douglas launched the event at Gleneagles Hotel with an intimate recital of his new music, as well as performing O’Carolan’s “Farewell to Music” and Tchaikovsky’s “Autumn Song.” The evening concluded with dinner and a talk from Manufacturing Manager David Martin who presented Randox’s innovative plans for the future which included our new state of the art Science Park.
A range of impressive seminars were held on Saturday morning, many of which were live-streamed for the first time on our social media channels to international followers. Guests were shown ground-breaking studies completed using Randox products, with the potential to truly transform the way healthcare is delivered. Highlights included a talk by Professor Ray Sherwood from Kings College London who studied “Cytokines for Diagnosis of POEMS syndrome and Castleman Disease” and research by Dr Ibrahim Mansoor from the International Medical Centre in Jeddah on “Extended Lipid Profile, Roles of sLDL”.
The polo match ball was hand delivered to Dr Peter FitzGerald by the Red Devils Parachute Regiment who impressed the crowds by jumping from thousands of feet up in the air to land squarely on the field at Errol Park. Some of the world’s best players took part including Sébastien Pailloncy (3-goals) who wore the England jersey. After three games, England were crowned the 2016 winners, South Africa followed closely behind as the runner up while Scotland came in at third place.
As well as the action on the polo field, guests enjoyed browsing a selection of stalls assembled by the Prince’s Trust (Randox official corporate charity) which included businesses such as “Maddy Burrows Illustrations,” “My Fantasy Bouquet” and “The Family Tree”.
The weekend’s events concluded that evening with the Highland Ball and dinner, followed by a breath-taking firework display – which was also enjoyed by members of the Errol community!
Plans are already underway for our next Polo Weekend – held this weekend for the first time at Dundarave House in Bushmills, Northern Ireland.
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