Saturday the 15th of July, this year’s Team Rynkeby Tour ended in Paris after a trip of 1200 km from Copenhagen to the French capital. AlfaPeople is proud Gold Sponsor and had 3 cyclists in the team, whereas one of them was Michael Gaardboe, the CEO of AlfaPeople.
Why Team Rynkeby
Team Rynkeby is a Nordic charity cycling team. Every summer the team cycles to Paris to raise money for children with cancer and their families. Today, Team Rynkeby includes over 1,700 cyclists and 450 volunteers, divided into 44 local teams in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Cycling for children with cancer
The aim of Team Rynkeby is to raise money to fight childhood cancer through national fund-raising campaigns. In 2016, Team Rynkeby managed to raise over € 8.84 million to fight childhood cancer.
To join Team Rynkeby on the 1,200-kilometer trip to Paris, the participants need to prepare themselves for almost a whole year. They are also obliged to do what they can to raise money for children with cancer and their families. The company Rynkeby Foods A/S covers the primary costs of the project. This means that a large amount of the amount that is raised by the participants goes to local childhood cancer associations in either Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands or Iceland.
Childhood cancer is a very serious disease. It causes the highest number of illness-related fatalities in children aged 1 to 15. A positive aspect is that scientists have made significant progress in recent years and they are now able to save the lives of 80% of children diagnosed with cancer. Yet, the key challenge regarding childhood cancer is that childhood cancer is different than adult cancer. In fact, scientists don’t really understand why children get cancer.
Therefore, the need for dedicated research into cancer is of high importance. Scientists need to be able to discover the causes of this illness and to develop better and gentler methods of treatment, so that the children not only survive, but are able to live a normal life after treatment.
AlfaPeople is proud Gold Sponsor
AlfaPeople is a gold sponsor to Team Rynkeby and the fight with childhood cancer. We also have 3 cyclists that have prepared themselves for many hours throughout many months, before they made it all the way from Copenhagen to Paris.
Congratulations to Michael Gaardboe, CEO, Claus Hansen, COO and Mikkel Kinnerup, Sales Manager! You are great examples to all of us in the AlfaPeople family.