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TR Press IS - 02-10-2019
The cycling trip to Paris resulted in EUR 10.6 million for children with critical illnesses
The charity cycling team Team Rynkeby has raised a total of EUR 10.6 million for children with critical illness over the past year. This is an increase of 12.6% compared to the previous year.
“Do good things for yourself while doing good things for others.”
That’s been the mantra for 2,000 amateur cyclists and 500 volunteers from seven different countries that participated as part of the Team Rynkeby charity cycling team over the past year.
While team members have trained themselves to handle an eight-day cycling trip to Paris, they have also raised money for organisations that support children with critical illnesses in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Germany.
The cycling trip to Paris concluded successfully once again this summer, and now the result of the participants’ fundraising work can be announced.
This year, the Team Rynkeby Foundation will donate a total of EUR 10,633,754 to help children with critical illnesses. That’s a 12.6 percent increase over last year and the largest total donation the Team Rynkeby project has ever donated.
“It’s equivalent to every Team Rynkeby member raising over EUR 4,000 each for the good cause. It is an incredible achievement, and I am deeply grateful for the efforts that our volunteers have put into the project this year,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of the Team Rynkeby Foundation.
From 11 to 2,000 cyclists
Team Rynkeby has existed since 2002, when 11 amateur cyclists associated with Danish juice company Rynkeby Foods decided to cycle to Paris to see the final stage of the Tour de France.
Rynkeby became the main sponsor of their cycling trip, which was also backed by other companies. As a result, Team Rynkeby had a profit of EUR 5,100, which was subsequently donated to the children’s cancer unit at Odense University Hospital in Denmark.
It was the start of an international exercise and charity success, which over the years has raised EUR 56 million for children with critical illnesses.
“Team Rynkeby was created by something of a coincidence, but with the greatest enthusiasm among the volunteers. And it’s this joy and enthusiasm that remains the driving force and which has made Team Rynkeby an international charity success – perhaps one of the largest charity cycling teams in the world,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
Making a difference
Most of the money that the Team Rynkeby Foundation has raised over the years has gone to childhood cancer organisations, which support vital research into childhood cancer.
The Danish childhood cancer organisation, Børnecancerfonden, has received support from the Team Rynkeby Foundation since the beginning of the project, and it’s somewhere you can clearly see the difference made by the charity cycling team.
“Team Rynkeby has given us thousands of ambassadors, something which would have been completely impossible financially for a small organisation like ours. Team Rynkeby has not only helped us raise awareness of the challenges facing the families, but it has also helped to fund research that over the years has helped to reduce mortality among children with cancer and increase their quality of life,” says Marianne Nielsen, Børnecancerfonden’s director.
For the upcoming season, Team Rynkeby will be comprised of 2,100 riders and 550 volunteers in 57 teams in eight countries. Today, it is the German juice group Eckes-Granini along with the three brands Rynkeby, God Morgon and hohes C that finance the work of the Team Rynkeby Foundation in collaboration with the organisations that receive money. All of the funds raised thus go directly to the organisations.