(L-R): Pierre Frolla, Ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Agnès Falco, Secretary General of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, HSH Prince Albert II, Bruno Senna, Ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, and Jo-Ann Strauss, Master of Ceremonies Photo: © Eric Mathon / Palais Princier
As Monaco Life reported earlier this month, a world first sporting event will take place in Monaco on June 4, thanks to an initiative by Princess Charlene. The Riviera Water Bike Challenge (RWBC) is the first relay race of its kind on water, covering 21 kilometers between Nice and Monaco using Schiller S1 water bikes.
The charity challenge is in support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’s project in Burkina Faso, and in partnership with the Monaco Red Cross and Burkina Faso Red Cross, to put into service an aquatic rescue centre.
The major fundraising event to support the RWBC was a gala dinner held in the presence of HSH Prince Albert at the Monaco Yacht Club on Friday, March 24.
In addition to the limited number of gala tables, available in three packages – Ruby, Sapphire, and Diamond – there were also three separate auction elements to raise funds for the Foundation.
Until 5 pm Friday, there was a silent online auction of 17 Lots, including tickets to the Wimbledon 2017 Men’s Final, a Michael Schumacher Gold Anniversary Helmet, Rafael Nadal’s tennis racket, a training session with Paula Radcliffe, and 2 passes to access the Monaco Grand Prix Fairmont Hairpin.
In addition, there was a live auction on the night involving 8 Lots ranging from sports (HSH Prince Albert II’s Olympic shoes and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes Benz Racing Suit) to art (last photograph of Charlene Wittstock before she got married, signed by Julian Lennon) to South Africa (Nelson Mandela’s handprints).
Finally, guests had the opportunity to bid for a place on a specific Riviera Water Bike Challenge team. In total there will be 10 teams, each made up of 2 celebrity sports personalities and 2 amateurs.
Between the live and silent auctions €266,150 was raised.
The athletes on hand Friday evening will take part in June’s Riviera Water Bike Challenge. This includes women’s marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, Monaco Olympic gymnast Kevin Crovetto, Pierre Frolla, four-time world record holder in free diving and Ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, AS Monaco striker Valère Germain, Dan Luger, rugby world champion with England and Bruno Senna, race car driver and ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
Monaco’s mayor Georges Marsan, as well as Jacques Raffaele, Mayor of la Turbie, were present. As were Frédéric Platini, Secretary General of the Monaco Red Cross, Michael and Gareth Wittstock, Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, and Judah Schiller, creator of the Schiller Bikes, which will be used to race.
The evening was presented by South African TV star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jo-Ann Strauss, while entertainment was provided by Garçons Chics, Capital Collective and the South African Cenestra Male Choir.
Article first published March 26, 2017.