Princess Charlene Foundation Gala raises nearly €1 million

Nerine Pienaar, François Pienaar, rugby World Champion with the Springboks, trustee of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, advisor of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, HSH Princess Charlene, Gareth Wittstock. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Nerine Pienaar, François Pienaar, rugby World Champion with the Springboks, trustee of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, advisor of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, HSH Princess Charlene, Gareth Wittstock. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

In the presence of HSH Princess Charlene, the Riviera Water Bike Challenge Gala at the Monaco Yacht Club last weekend raised close to €1 million.

“The first edition of the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in 2017 was a great success. The 2018 edition promises to be equally successful,” the Princess said at the black tie dinner on April 14, which was emceed by Eddie Jordan.

Eddie Jordan, Master of Ceremonies. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Eddie Jordan, Master of Ceremonies. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

Thanks to all fundraising, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, with the collaboration of Monaco and Burkina Faso Red Cross, has built the much-needed aquatic centre in Loumbila, in Burkina Faso, and is now in position to start to train water safety and swimming instructors.

“Since I launched my Foundation in 2012, we’ve reached over 500,000 people in 33 countries, teaching them to swim, to learn essential water safety skills and to appreciate the values of sport that are so dear to me,” Princess Charlene added. “Thanks to your generosity, all the fundraising will allow to finance the projects followed by my Foundation and that are dear to my heart.”

The second edition of the Riviera Water Bike Challenge will take place on Sunday, June 17. Mixed teams of professional athletes and amateurs will compete on Schiller S1-C water bikes in a relay race covering a 21km loop in the port of Monaco. Anyone interested in putting together a team for the amazing event, should contact Martin Cornell.


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