In September 2020, 90 members took part in the first ever Virtual Fundraising Event at ELF. 160 donations raised €4,250 and now we want you to help us raise even more. Find out how you can take part in an event or set up your own fundraiser.
Delegates of the virtual European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2020 took part in the Virtual Congress Challenge to raise money for the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign and spread its important messages.
Healthy Lungs for Life is a global lung health campaign, raising awareness of the importance of lung health through a range of activities and projects. The key themes are: air quality, physical activity, stopping smoking and vaccination.
We encouraged delegates of the first ever virtual ERS Congress to get active and count their kilometres during September, aiming to reach a set distance such as from their home town to a past or future Congress destination. Throughout the month, 90 supporters took part; they ran, walked, swam and cycled 9,293 kilometres to raise money and help spread the campaign’s key messages.
That is equivalent to someone travelling from:
ELF would like to say thank you to all the teams and individuals who took part in the challenge:
The aim of the challenge was to encourage individuals to #TakeTheActiveOption, and to raise €5,000 for the campaign. Combined efforts have raised over €4,000 from supporters who have sponsored participants and donated to the campaign. ELF would like to say a huge thanks to who has donated.
Currently, the highest individual donations have been made from Galapagos (€500), Sepas Seraj (€55), Jana De Brandt (€55).
When asked why they wanted to provide such a generous donation, Marina Sardone from Galapagos explained:
We are proud to support the Virtual Congress Challenge to raise awareness on lung health and we welcome the European Lung Foundation initiative in support of Healthy Lungs for Life. For us at Galapagos, this represents a great opportunity to pioneer for patients.
At Galapagos everything we do is with patients in mind. We are committed to listen to patients to understand their daily challenges and unmet needs. By using our scientific knowledge, our partnerships, and our passion to make a difference, we are striving to focus our medicine development on the outcomes that truly matter to patients.
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