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 

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 
 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 assumed the co-chair role for the chapter’s 2013 gala dinner at the Dolder Grand, ran the 2013 Jungfrau Marathon with the Yak Pack and planned events for Namaste World! yoga.
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: Brigit Eichenberger
Volunteer Lead: Jessica Dabbs
Gala Lead: Lisa O'Hearn
Communications Co-Lead: Jen Montague and Jo Fahy
Yak Pack Leads: Tom Monroe, Christian Langenegger, Ulla Winter
Partnership & Outreach: Alexandra Mandoki

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 12, 2014; 7:00 PM

Toro Bar; Schöneggstrasse 24; 8004 Zurich
All proceeds go directly to Room to Read. 

Buy your ticket online for CHF 40

For more information, please contact zouk4education@gmail.com.


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.  

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Atelier Bar (closest tram stop: Paradeplatz)
RSVP to zurich@roomtoread.org


Join the Zurich chapter as a runner, supporter or organizer as we help raise awareness and funds for Room to Read by participating in various alpine running races, including the Jungfrau Marathon (September 13, 2014).
>Learn more about the Jungfrau Marathon

You can read more about the team's success in 2013 in the media coverage below.

To learn more, email Tom (affectionately regarded as "Chief Yak") at teamyakpack@gmail.com


Event Photos

The 2013 Yak Pack conquers the Jungfrau Marathon!

Past Events

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. 


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.  



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 

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 - run th marathon course up to Kleine Scheidegg and then run 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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