Alpe d’HuZes transfers 7.2 million euros to the Alpe d’HuZes / KWF fund. That was decided in consultation with the Dutch Cancer Society and was announced early this morning at the start of Alpe d’HuZes special edition.
The amount has so far been collected by the participants in the fifteenth edition of Alpe d’HuZes, which has been moved to 2021 because of the corona virus. By transferring the money now, and not only after the anniversary edition next year, Alpe d’HuZes make new research projects possible and research into cancer does not stop. The largest charity event in the Netherlands – digitally this year – Alpe d’HuZes continues to support cancer patients today.
Cancer doesn’t stop with corona
“Right now, now that the coronavirus affects everything and everyone, including the fight against cancer, it is important that cancer patients are supported,” says Jan Kouwenhoven, chairman of Alpe d’HuZes. “Cancer has been the number one cause of death in the Netherlands for years1) and will not stop because of corona. Giving up is not an option for us, so we will continue. ”
Alpe d’HuZes is like a diamond, the organization reports. “An indestructible charity event, because we believe in a world where nobody dies of cancer anymore. And let’s shine that diamond today. Against the background of more than two thousand burning candles, at half past five this morning on Landgoed Hemmen, located between Tiel and Arnhem, sounded the starting signal for Alpe d’HuZes special edition; a (virtual) tour through the Netherlands that focuses on reflecting and commemorating, remembering, fighting, investigating, celebrating life and climbing together.
The special edition is supported by Maarten Peters, known for the Alpe d’HuZes song I don’t get any closer to heaven. He will sing to people affected by cancer in several places. In line with the traditional “togetherness climb” on every Alpe d’HuZes race day, the day ends with a virtual climb of the French alp.
Alpine d ‘Huzes
Alpe d’HuZes is a sporting event where up to 5,000 cyclists, runners and walkers climb the Alpe d’Huez up to six times in one day to raise as much money as possible for cancer research and to improve the quality of life of people with cancer.
In January, the anniversary edition of Alpe d’Huzes 2020 was already fully booked. Five thousand people registered.