Although a cold and drizzling day, hundreds of people showed up and participated in the Prague City Swim. Around 120 of them jumped into the Vltava River, the longest river within the Czech Republic, and swam or paddled around the Střelecký Island.
21 Philips employees who helped organize the race were among the daring people who took up the challenge. Four patients with ALS lying on paddleboards, led by teams of swimmers, also welcomed the challenge and immersed into the river.
The Philips team accompanied Vladimír Mikuláš – a former physiotherapist of the Czech national football team who was diagnosed with ALS three years ago – in the patient race of 200 meters and even led Vladimír to win the race.
„It was not me who won today. It was all of us here at Střelecký Island and my Philips team who won. I love Philips for what they do for us, and I am looking forward to going to their Christmas party", said Vladimír, who visited our Christmas party last year when Philips Czech Republic donated a car to ALSA so that their mobile team can visit patients at home.