Africa Classic 2019: An amazing effort by an amazing team!

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Oct 17, 2019
By the Philips Foundation team
Let’s shine a light on this fantastic and admirable team that exceeded their efforts and raised almost €​150,000 to support Amref and the Philips Foundation in their mission to improve access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities. 
Africa Classic 2019: An amazing effort by an amazing team!

At the beginning of 2019, 13 daredevils not only submitted to a challenging bike ride of 400km around the Kilimanjaro but also to raise €5,000 each to fund impact projects that fight childhood pneumonia, a disease ​that's easy to prevent.

 

An incredible amount of nearly €75,000 has been raised – exceeding their collaborative target – of which the Philips Foundation will double to increase impact and support the fight to breathe for children in disadvantaged communities. The funds raised will be invested in a program to train community health workers to provide what is lacking.

Hard work, magic moments


From 3 till 12 October, the team biked a whopping 400km around the Kilimanjaro. An exciting trip through the Tanzanian wilderness and surrounding local communities. Team member Nanda Huizing, head of Brand, Communications & Digital Benelux, shares how she experienced this incredible journey:

 

"A beautiful and intense week, in a wonderfully diverse landscape. We cycled between the giraffes and zebras, greeted many happy children but also heard a heartbreaking story of a young Masai woman who has been involuntarily circumcised, and who is now an ambassador for Amref to save the next generation from this practice. We also visited a number of local community health centers, where local health workers are trained by Amref to be able to provide primary care. In short, a lot to contemplate."

 

There has been published some amazing footage about the trip. Check it out:

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