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.

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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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Past Events

May 21, 2016


The SOLA Stafette, the “lighthouse” event of the ASVZ and great annual ETH/UZH team race, went into its 43rd round on 21st May, under truly favourable auspices: summery weather conditions and 999 teams of 14 runners each, doing their very best to master the total distance of 116.1 km, divided into 14 individual legs between 3.83 and 14.01 km. The Students Helping Students committee put a team of enthusiastic students and Room to Read volunteers together to take part in the race and run to support children’s education programs in low-income countries. Although the race is primarily designed to celebrate the joy of running and the importance of doing sports and keeping moving (forward), the runners felt proud, “honoured” and happy to be running for such a good cause. Interviews held after the race confirmed the general view and conviction that quality education as a life-changing and life-shaping privilege should be spread and shared among all children in the world, a view that is particularly endorsed by those participants who come from developing areas themselves and who have had to overcome a lot of hurdles and difficulties to get into one of the prestigious schools in Zurich to continue their education.

Silver Sponsor(s): CordenPharma Switzerland LLC

April 22, 2016 , Volkshaus Zurich


Twelve months after the earthquake in Nepal, flattening entire villages and leaving over 1 mio children without a schoolroom, Room to Read staged a fundraising concert with the Lugano-based rockband Tipsy Road, in Volkshaus, Weisser Saal.

The timing was right, the moment well chosen: The well-known rockband  in new formation with their new lead singer Anissa Boschetti offered a dynamic show of great instrumental virtuosity and entertaining powerplay at high-level volume. Over 200 tickets were sold, and the gripping performance was not without touching moments, when the band dedicated their ballad “Anna Lee” to the disaster-stricken children of Nepal. The introductory slideshow visualising the reconstruction efforts in the country, brought home to the audience the urgency of help and support. Another highlight was the band’s new song “Lumination”, received with high acclaim, and the raffle with great prizes.

The event full of excitement and vibrant energy, coordinated by the ETH-based Students Helping Students Committee of RtR , yielded funds that exceeded last year’s at Mellow Club, raising hope and confidence for Nepal’s children and expectations among the audience that the series of fundraising concerts be continued in the future.


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. 


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!


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


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. 


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.  

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. 

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.  

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.


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 - 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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