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Priority Solutions and BioPharma Services Division Colleagues Participate in Global Paintfest

October 6, 2016

More than 300 volunteers across the BioPharma Services Division (BSD) recently put their artistic talents to canvas for a great cause. Their goal was to complete 14 murals to be donated to local hospitals all over the world. What makes this corporate social responsibility (CSR) event so unique is that the murals were painted simultaneously at 10 global locations and the event was live-streamed for 48 hours.

PaintFest began in 2011 as an event hosted by the Specialty Logistics business, part of BSD, at their Swedesboro, New Jersey, and Memphis, Tennessee, sites. This year, Specialty Logistics partnered with Fisher Clinical Services in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to broaden the PaintFest global community across BSD and hold their largest event to date. 

To connect with colleagues throughout the world, each site a live video feed of the event, enabling volunteers to paint 'alongside' their co-workers despite the thousands of miles separating them. Colleagues in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan and the United States all joined forces for the cause. 

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"It was really fun to share the PaintFest experience with colleagues around the world and to create unique connections among the BSD team," said Gail Mello, Director of Business Sourcing and Planning in Allentown.  

The event benefited Foundation for Hospital Art, whose mission is to bring comfort and hope through art to people in healthcare facilities around the world. Their goal is to have at least one painting in every hospital globally. Since 1984, approximately one million volunteers have created more than 40,000 paintings for more than 4,000 hospitals in 195 countries. Foundation for Hospital Art supplies mural canvases and painting materials, including brushes, aprons and drop cloths. 

Colleagues commented that there were many benefits to participating in the event. Not only could they give back to the community through art while connecting with new colleagues, many of them found the activity to be therapeutic. "The volunteers liked PaintFest so much and said that painting helped them release stress," said Yvonne Chua, Operations Manager for Specialty Logistics in Tokyo, Japan.