Three Right To Play teams participated in this year’s Gigathlon, a grueling seven-day, 1’400 km and 30’000-meters-of-altitude adventure race across Switzerland, raising funds for Right To Play’s project in Sierra Leone.
What is more, skiers were well-represented on the Right To Play teams: Along with Hippolyt Kempf, Olympic gold medalist in Nordic Combined, Matthias Remund, Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Sports and past member of FIS Cross-Country Committee, coach and former skier, Flurina Bachmann, former member of the Swiss national Cross-Country team and Laurence Rochat 2002 Olympic Cross-Country relay bronze medalist participated.
Led by Johann Olav Koss, four-time Olympic gold medalist in Speed Skating and Founder & CEO of Right To Play, the three RTP teams managed to raise more than CHF 150’000 during last week to give a better life for 11’000 children in Kono, Sierra Leone.
Despite the extreme conditions, including very low temperatures and significant snowfall (!) in the Swiss mountains early in the week followed by extreme heat during the last two days, all contributors were thrilled to complete the five-discipline (inline skating, running, swimming, biking and cycling) challenge for a good cause.
Johann Olav Koss, CEO of Right To Play, Photo: Right To Play