Zurich
 Chapter

About Room to Read Chapters

Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent Room to Read. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities. The chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and act as representatives for Room to Read within their area.

About the 
Zurich
 Chapter


Since our chapter founding, we have gained tremendous momentum in Switzerland. Our achievements are possible because of the commitment and efforts of our passionate and dedicated volunteers who have helped to build and grow our chapter during the past five years. We hope to continue that going forward with the cooperation and commitment of more individuals and businesses in the Zurich area.

We're always looking for new volunteers. If you share our belief that world change starts with educated children and you’d like to get involved, please email ZURICH@ROOMTOREAD.ORG.

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Meet the 
Zurich
 Chapter Leaders

Katie Kurz (Chapter Leader)

In 2012, when Katie heard John Wood talk about Room to Read’s desire to reach 10 million children by 2015, she knew she wanted to help make that a reality. An outdoor enthusiast and communications professional, Katie became chapter leader in 2014, having previously been venue co-chair for the 2013 gala dinner at the Dolder Grand and having run the 2013 and 2014 Jungfrau Marathon with the Yak Pack.
Carolyn Lüönd (Deputy Chapter Leader)

Carolyn works for a biotech company in Zug and is responsible for coordinating its Corporate Social Responsibility program. As a long time volunteer in education initiatives and with a background in corporate philanthropy and non-profit management, Carolyn is pleased to support Room to Read to bring educational opportunities to young people around the world.
Chapter Leadership
Events Lead: Alexandra Mandoki (interim)
Volunteer Lead: Jessica Dabbs
Gala Lead: Lisa O'Hearn
Communications Lead: Jo Fahy
Yak Pack Leads: Tom Monroe, Christian Langenegger and Ulla Winter
Partnership & Outreach: Alexandra Mandoki

Upcoming Events


COOKING FOR EDUCATION - NOVEMBER 22, 2014
The Zurich chapter has teamed up with Cooking4Charity to host a special afternoon of cooking. Connie Lau, a native of Hong Kong, will teach participants how to make gyoza (Chinese dumplings).  Afterwards everyone will get to enjoy their culinary work.  This event is sure to please your taste buds while also supporting the kids who benefit from Room to Read.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Winterthur
CHF 80 (payable onsite)

Space is limited; reserve your place online now -- cooking4charity.org

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JOIN US AND GET INVOLVED

The Zurich chapter would be delighted to welcome you to our next volunteer event - an informal gathering to share the latest news about Room to Read, find out what's upcoming and meet people who have a similar passion for education.  

Contact us for details about the upcoming volunteer event - zurich@roomtoread.org


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A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LONG-STANDING PARTNERS

What we're able to achieve for Room to Read is made possible because of your support and involvement!  Thank you. 

Girlfriend Guide to Zurich
Biogen Idec

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Event Photos

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Chapter Highlights from 2014

Past Events

 

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!

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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

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.  
 

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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. 


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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.  

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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. 

Get Involved with the Chapter!

Volunteer with your local chapter: We're thrilled to hear of your interest in getting involved with the chapter! Volunteering with a Room to Read chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read's mission, but also to meet new people! Volunteer opportunities include helping to plan events, giving small presentations about Room to Read's work, and introducing Room to Read to new supporters! If you would like to learn more, please update your profile by filling out the Volunteer Form.

 

Organize your own fundraiser or start an online campaign: Whether you’re running a race, encouraging wedding guests to donate in lieu of gifts, hosting a party at your home, or raising money just because you believe in our mission, the personalized fundraising tool will allow you share the Room to Read story with your friends and family through your own web pages and email messages. You can also track the success of your email campaigns and your progress towards your fundraising goal. Check out our Friends Asking Friends section!

 

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