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TR Press UK - 30-09-2017
This year’s result: EUR 8.8 million for children with critical illnesses
Team Rynkeby’s work in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands last year has resulted in a total donation of EUR 8.77 million for critically ill children.
On Saturday morning Team Rynkeby was able to present the final funds that the charity cycling team’s 1,700 bicycle riders and 400 volunteers have spent the past year raising in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Team Rynkeby Foundation could thus put a figure on this year’s total contribution to the children with critical illnesses throughout Scandinavia.
The contribution is no less than EUR 8.77 million, presented in full to organizations in the six countries where the money is raised.
“It's really quite impressive. This year's donation is the equivalent of every single Team Rynkeby participant – riders as well as volunteers – raising over EUR 4,000 for children with critical illnesses. I don't know of any other charity projects that involve so many people over such a long period of time. The participants’ efforts have, among other things, led to more than 5,000 companies this year choosing to support the project,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge, Director of Team Rynkeby Foundation.
Pupils responsible for a large proportion of the donation
In addition to the more than 5,000 companies that chose to sponsor Team Rynkeby this year, 163,000 pupils from schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland also made a sizeable contribution to Team Rynkeby’s huge donation.
Of the EUR 8.77 million raised by Team Rynkeby this year, the pupils from 525 schools raised more than EUR 1.9 million in connection with the “Team Rynkeby School Run” that was held on the Friday before the Easter holidays.
“The pupils should be incredibly proud of the contribution that they have made in this regard. It's great that so many schools view the Team Rynkeby School Run as an opportunity to involve students in an important endeavour that cuts across classes, schools and countries. We’re looking forward to holding the race again next year,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.
With this year's donations to children with critical illnesses in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, Team Rynkeby has, since the first team donated EUR 5,000 to the children’s cancer unit at Odense University Hospital 15 years ago, donated no less than EUR 36.8 million to the battle against critical illnesses.
Team Rynkeby is currently putting together the teams for next year’s Tour de Paris, which will take place from 30 June to 7 July 2018. Team Rynkeby 2018 will comprise more than 1,900 bicycle riders and 450 volunteers distributed over 48 teams from six countries.