BOLLYWOOD MOVES TO SUPPORT RtR INDIA
The chapter kicked off 2015 with a fantastic Saturday night -- Bollywood style. We were thrilled to see more than 85 guests attend the dance workshop and party; special thanks to Ehsaan and Harsita for showing us the right dance moves. The evening wouldn't have been possible without the support from our partners, Aubrey Lounge and Glocals.com. We raised more than CHF 1,050 -- all of that will benefit the kids in India.
Check out the photos on Facebook
WE RAISED MORE THAN CHF 602,000 IN 2014...CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND COMMITMENT!
2014 was a year filled with success -- fundraising, awareness building and outreach, volunteer engagements, corporate introductions, an increase in our social media presence, a victorious Yak Pack that completed another impressive Jungfrau Marathon (all 42.2 kilometers and 1,700 meters of altitude gain), book swaps and concerts, dance workshops, "Half the Sky" film screening and panel discussion, wine tastings, and of course the Fourth Annual Room to Read Fundraising Gala at the Dolder Grand.
IT'S A HILL...GET OVER IT! CONGRATS TO THE YAK PACK!
On September 13, the Zurich chapter was so pleased to have 11 runners complete the infamous Jungfrau Marathon and fundraise more than CHF 20,000 for Room to Read. It was a stellar day for the runners and the supporters. Congratulations to all of the athletes for their remarkable efforts running 42.2 kilometers with an altitude gain of 1,700 meters. Nothing short of impressive!
HALF THE SKY SCREENING TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
More than 60 guests celebrated International Literacy Day joined the Zurich Chapter for a film screening of Half the Sky, the award-winning documentary produced by New York Times journalists Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After the film, there was an interactive discussion with Room to Read's Major Gifts Officer for Switzerland, Katharina Viana-Bachmann, and Lead Faculty for Thunderbird School of Global Management, Dr. Rebecca L. Self. The evening fundraiser was a huge success, raising enough funds to support eight girls in their secondary school education.
The chapter was pleased to partner with the following sponsors to make the evening a memorable one:
- Simply Soup
- Biogen Idec
- Soulsight Photography
- itConcept AG
NAMASTE WORLD! - GIVING BACK IS GOOD KARMA
During the month of June, we teamed up with various yoga instructors and studios in Zurich to support Room to Read's efforts. A special thank you to the Catherine Lippuner at Yoga Tribe, the team at Sanapurna Ayurveda & Yoga, and Shelby McDermott for their involvement.
MUSIC & ART FOR EDUCATION
In early June, we hosted a special event to raise funds to Room to Read’s programs in Zambia – Music and Art for Education. We welcomed nearly a dozen musicians and performances from the Zurich Opernhaus to entertain guests with some of the best songs and arias from world renown operas. During the performance, two local artists created artwork that was then auctioned off to the guests. Refreshments and delicious baked goods were offered by Ribizli Sweetertainment and Special Bites.
We are delighted to report that we raised more than CHF 6,000 and all of the proceeds will go directly to Room to Read.
Special thanks to those volunteers who made this event possible as well as Girlfriend Guide Zurich, and most notably Brigit Eichenberger who proposed this fantastic fundraiser and made it a resounding success.
DANCING OUR WAY TO THREE YEARS OF GIRLS' EDUCATION
In mid-May, our guests were treated to 90 minutes of dance instruction to learn the Brazilian dance zouk. Toro Bar provided the perfect venue to enjoy some sangria and test our new dance steps. Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners who got to to take home a copy of John Wood's second book, "Creating Room to Read" and yummy baked goods from Oh! Sweetest Thing.
Special thanks goes to one of our new volunteers Ana Amalfi for organizing this workshop, and our generous partners Krisztina Balazs of Krizouk, the staff of Toro Bar and the bakers at Oh! Sweetest Thing.
CELEBRATING THE WONDERS OF AFRICA
In late April, the Zurich Chapter was invited by Internations to join them for an exciting evening at Mama Africa. More than 200 guests sampled foods from four different African countries, danced, networked. Volunteers from the Zurich Chapter were on hand to showcase Room to Read's efforts in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.
Special thanks to Mama Africa (www.mamaafrica.ch) and internations.org, the first international online community for people who live and work abroad.
CREATING AWARENESS AT THE ZURICH PUB TREASURE HUNT
In late March, the Zurich Chapter joined up with glocals.com for an exciting pub treasure hunt around the Neiderdorf. More than 60 guests mixed and mingled as they traveled to six different pubs, trying to answer all sorts of trivia, including many questions about Room to Read.
Special thanks to glocals.com, an online social platform for English-speaking expats and international-minded locals in Switzerland.
KICK START YOUR NEW YEAR
In January, the Zurich Chapter hosted its first fundraiser of 2014 with a fun, hour-long fitness boot camp class followed by an informal and healthy brunch. Almost 20 participants challenged themselves with kettlebells, TRX, the battle rope and much more, but more importantly they help raise awareness and funds for Room to Read. More than CHF 800 was raised.
Special thanks to chapter member Jayne Faulkner and the personal trainers at NuYu in Zurich.
YAK PACK IMPACTS MORE THAN 320 GIRLS IN 2013
The Zurich Chapter is so proud of the efforts of the 2013 Yak Pack. Not only did they successfully complete the infamous Jungfrau Marathon, but they raised USD 80,000 for girls' education...that's enough to impact the lives of 320 girls!
One of the regional Swiss newspapers, The Jungfrau Zeitung, picked up on the buzz and wrote about our runners.
> Read the full article in German
ONCE ISN'T ENOUGH
Inspired by the incredible achievement of Krista Glotzbach, Rachel Dale and Tom Monroe in 2012, AnneMarie O'Neill and Christian Langenegger decided to repeat the challenge in 2013 - running the marathon course up to Kleine Scheidegg and then running back down to the start in Interlaken. Two marathon courses in one day!
Read Christian's blog (in English) to learn more about the story behind the 84.4 kilometers and two times ± 2176 meters in altitude that these two runners overcame in support of Room to Read's Girls' Education Progam.