Rain stopped in Monaco for No-Finish-Line kick off by Giroud and Toulalan

No-Finish-Line celebrates 15th anniversary – Goal is to raise € 345.000

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The non-stop charity marathon No-Finish-Line celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and it go underway this past Saturday, November 15, at Port Hercules in Monaco, and will go on until Sunday, November 23. This race by people who care for children has gained in notoriety over the Principality’s borders, and has become a great sportive event generating enthusiasm, conviviality and solidarity, and racing awareness about the need to work together for children’s wellbeing. The new challenge this year is to reach 11,000 people running 300.000 Km for a total of € 345.000 benefiting the association Children and Future founded by Philippe Verdier and presided by Ariana Favaloro that has as a mission to help ailing and underprivileged children. For this exceptional edition the association will increase their matching contribution to € 1,15 for each kilometer covered.

The Blues with a heart of gold

The French National team footballers Olivier Giroud, playing from Arsenal and father of little Jade of 17months, and Jeremy Toulalan playing for AS Monaco who has three children, were on the starting line to convey their unconditional support to this wonderful initiative. They joined famous comedian Olivier Lejeune, Philippe Verdier and Ariana Favaloro. Herodia the 12 year old from Madagascar who had been operated in Monaco two weeks ago, was also present at the kick off of the race, encouraging the participants with his smile. Around 40 volunteers are present to distribute the microchip to enable to count the kilometers.

Just do it!

Everybody, young and old, sportive or not, even accompanied by their dog, are invited to participate and help reach this year’s goal. People walk or run on the new dam of Port Hercule that is 900 to 1,600 meters long, with a circuit open 24h/24 over 8 days, and you may run/walk as many times as you want and the number of kilometers that you wish. The registration is €12 for adults and €6 for children less than 10 years old. Please note there is a  deposit of €10 for the microchip.

Registration 

Funds raised also benefit children with serious heart defects

A part of the funds raised at the end of the No-Finish-Line is donated to different organizations, and via Monaco Collectif Humanitaire (MCH), it benefits the Cardio-Thoracic Center of Monaco (CCM), whose teams are dedicated to saving children suffering from extremely severe heart defects.

Giroud, the striker for Arsenal is also Ambassador for Monaco Collectif Humanitaire, and this past Friday he visited children operated at the Cardio-Thoracic Center. He had the chance to partake with members of the medical team, host families as well as operational partners of the project, like the International Cooperation Direction (DCI), the Monegasque Red  Cross (CRM) and the humanitarian association Rencontres Africaines.

MCH was founded in the occasion of the 50th anniversary of SAS Prince Albert II, it connects different associations to help children all over the world suffering from different serious pathologies. It is the result of the collaboration between 23 local humanitarian NGOs, aiming to create a solidarity chain in order to treat in Monaco children with heart ailments, who cannot be treated in their country of origin. The participating institutions are: the Cardio Thoracic Center (CCM), the Princess Grace Hospital, the Monegasque Institute of Sportive Medicine and Surgery (IM2S), the Medical Imaging Center (CIMM). The principle is to help ailing children come to the Principality to receive treatment that is not available in their countries. Monaco families open their homes to the children and take care of them to compensate the absence of their parents during their treatment. The association Aviation without Borders is in charge of their trip. This chain of human solidarity has enabled around 200 children up to now to be treated in Monaco.

Donations for this specific project may be addressed to the Monaco Red Cross, who are in charge of the management of the funds for this initiative, by writing a check to the order of Monaco Collectif Humanitaire.

A beautiful idea never dies

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The book “No Finish Line, a beautiful idea never dies” by Helene Verdier has been edited for this special anniversary. It contains 276 pages of happiness, hundreds of photos and a text in both French and English, honoring the thousands of participants and hundreds of partners that have contributed together with the association Children and the Future.

The book is a testimony to demonstrate how the mobilization of everybody for a good cause has generated a sporting event of increasing international fame.

 

For more information please contact www.childrenandfuture.com & www.nofinishline.com

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