2011 is the European Year of Volunteering and to mark this occasion, Maltese athlete, Nathan Farrugia will be running 27 marathons in 27 days, across 27 different EU states. The Kinder European Challenge aims to spread a message of solidarity across the EU during the European Year of Volunteering, as well as raise funds that support local charity projects in each country.
During this gruelling tour, Nathan and the Ferrero Team will spread the word about the need for more inclusive societies and raise funds for charities in Malta and in each country on the route in the process.
The athletes will be followed by a motor home throughout most of the route with nutrition, supplies, a physiotherapist and other supporting crew on board.
Each of the 27 marathons will be run on a specific marathon route in every major city. Local running clubs are being invited to encourage their members to run the marathon with the two athletes, not only as a show of solidarity, but also to strengthen awareness about the cause. Participants are being asked to raise funds beforehand and along the route. Local voluntary organisations may also ‘piggy back’ off this event to generate awareness of their work in their community.
Funds raised from Malta and part of the funds raised from the 27 other countries will go to Inspire and to support The Daniel Delicata Foundation in building a play area at the Children’s Ward of Mater Dei Hospital.
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