Charity projects 2014
Once again, we have offered special registrations at an increased price, the difference of which will go to three associations:
• the Südtiroler Sporthilfe (www.sporthilfe.it) which supports real sporting talents, young people who can not afford to finance their competitions;
• the Association of Groups of Belluno "Insieme si può" ("Together we can") a non-profit making organization NPA/NGO (www.365giorni.org) wich supports the projects described below in the sector of water and health in Uganda;
• the “Alex Zanardi BIMBINGAMBA” Association (www.bimbingamba.com) which makes artificial limbs for children who have undergone amputations and do not have access to proper health care.
A total of 385 registrations at an increased price which surchage is destined for charity (less the registration fee of 97 euro) were sold on www.maratona.it on November 26th 2013 and on March 26th 2014:
• 350 GOLD registrations at a price of 222,00 euro;
• 30 PLATINUM registrations at a price of 444,00 euro;
• 5 CRYSTAL registrations at a price of 1.500,00 euro.
Those who purchased a charity registration will get a small souvenir of the event in addition to a preferential starting grid (Gold registrations in the second grid, and the Platinum and Crystal registrations in the first starting grid).
2014: Charity projects in the sector of water and health
Every day, more than 3,000 children die from diseases linked with diarrhoea, in particular enteric-intestinal infections and cholera.
The two projects which we propose act in two directions: the supply of drinking water with the digging of wells and the constructions of latrines in masonry for rural and urban communities without a water supply and sewage system.
Providing sustainable access to improved sources of drinking water is one of the most important measures that we can adopt to reduce diseases (WHO 2012). To date, 783 million people do not yet have access to drinking water and 2.5 billion people do not yet have access to hygienic and health services.
The structured management of sewers maintains the quality and health of the urban environment and the sources of drinking water to which neighbourhoods, and at times whole cities without sewage systems, have access (Unicef 2012).
In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 61% of the population have access to “improved” sources of drinking water. In relation to these indicators, Uganda is one of the countries with the most negative performances (cf. U.N. and U.N.D.P. Reports, Uganda 2011, 2012).
The two projects are based on the experience and good practices developed by the personnel of the Association of Groups of Belluno "Insieme si può" ("Together we can") a non-profit making organization NPA/NGO (www.365giorni.org) in Africa in close collaboration with the beneficiary communities, as part of previous similar actions completed.
The “Alex Zanardi BIMBINGAMBA” Association (www.bimbingamba.com) makes artificial limbs for children who have undergone amputations and do not have access to proper health care. These children come from all over the world and have lost one or more limbs as a result of accidents, illness or injuries from explosives or firearms in war zones.
BIMBINGAMBA Association operates thanks to R.T.M. Ortopedia and Centro di Riabilitazione Casalino, the close collaboration of Dr. Claudio Costa’s Clinica Mobile nel Mondo, the physiotherapist Claudio Panizzi and Studio Ferri & Associati di Bologna.
Throughout their stay in Italy the children also receive logistical assistance. So far more than 100 child amputees have been treated.
The Association is also actively involved in the BIMBINGAMBA – Sport project, designed to get children with amputations or spinal injuries into the sport of handbike.