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Team Rynkeby is a Nordic charity cycling team. Every summer we cycle to Paris to raise money for seriously ill children.
Team Rynkeby was founded in 2002, when 11 amateur cyclists associated with Rynkeby Foods A/S decided to cycle to Paris to see the final stage of the Tour de France.
Rynkeby Foods was the main sponsor of their trip, which was also backed by other companies. In fact, the cyclists who joined the world's first Team Rynkeby team were so accomplished at finding sponsors that, when the team returned to Denmark just over a week later, the team had made € 5,100 profit.
Team Rynkeby donated their profits to the children's cancer unit at Odense University Hospital. A tradition was born!
1,900 cyclists in six countries
Today's Team Rynkeby comprises 1,900 cyclists and 450 volunteers, divided into 48 local teams in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Team members are selected from thousands of applicants, who have completed the application form on the Team Rynkeby website.
All funds raised go directly to children with critical illnesses
For almost a whole year participants must not only prepare themselves for the 1,200 kilometre trip to Paris but they are also obliged to do what they can to raise money for children with critical illnesses.
Rynkeby Foods A/S and God Morgon cover all the project's primary costs, which means that the money Team Rynkeby raises in each country is donated directly to local organisations that help children with critical illnesses.
In 2017 Team Rynkeby donated EUR 8.8 million to organizations that help children with critical illnesses.