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The Virtual Congress Challenge

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.

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:

  • Cape Town, South Africa to Congress in Munich, Germany;
  • Tokyo, Japan to Congress in Vienna, Austria; or
  • Las Vegas, USA to Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

ELF would like to say thank you to all the teams and individuals who took part in the challenge:


  • We Belung Together team East and North Herts respiratory and sleep team (2,099km)
  • Team Pippa & Kjeld (689km)
  • The ELF-ies (549km)
  • ciTechCare Team (333km)
  • Team Stranderson (200km)
  • Ciro Team NL
  • ERS CMG Congress Challenge Team
  • SenTec
  • GiRespi
  • Respire Saudável
  • Galapagos Healthy Lungs Team
  • Pixeled Eggs


  • Jess Shull (1,316km)
  • Anouk Vaes (614km)
  • Pieter Meyns (480km)
  • Martin Henschke (313km)
  • Patrícia Chaves Coertjens (300km)
  • Jana De Brant (265km)
  • Chelsea Lee (214km)
  • Bertrand Verwee (182km)
  • Maria Nichol (176km)
  • Andrea Aliverti (150km)
  • Jeannet D (140km)
  • Roberta Frontini (137km)
  • Chris Digneffe (133km)
  • Marcelo Coertjens (116km)
  • Simona Biancu (105km)
  • Lotte Janssens (98km)
  • Xenophondas Holevas (86km)
  • Chris Burtin (83km)
  • Rachel Gozzard (77km)
  • Argyrios Tzouvelekis (56km)
  • Stavros Oikonomou (53km)
  • Rocio Garcia Garcia (40km)
  • Mitja Jevnikar (36km)
  • Adam Balias (33km)
  • Lucas Chaves Coertjens (33km)
  • Rodrigo Chaves Coertjens (31km) (Youngest participant – 9 years old)
  • Loes Moors (31km)
  • Ioanna Nikoloutsou (23km)
  • Chun Ian Soo (18km)
  • Vassilis Papanastasiou (17km)
  • George Drampas (14km)
  • Maarten Vanherck (12km)
  • Roy Meys (10km)
  • Foteini Skoura (9km)
  • Deborah Birrell (8km)
  • Miranda Coenjaerds (5km)
  • Adelita Diaz
  • Allegra Roccato
  • Anders Bugge
  • Anouk Stoffels
  • Diego Poddighe
  • Fabian Hilti
  • Felipe Machado
  • Frits Franssen
  • Giorgos Emmanouil
  • Giulia Passanisi
  • Glynos Konstantinos
  • Joana Cruz
  • Joci Martins
  • Kiki Waeijen
  • Karla Wienert
  • Kirsten Quadflieg
  • Lauren Anderson
  • Leo Ntallas
  • Maria Guranio
  • Marina Papatryfon
  • Marlene Lages
  • Nádia Hipólito
  • Nuno Morais
  • Nuria Novoa Valentin
  • Remi Luszkiewicz
  • Roger Strain
  • Sofia Efklidou
  • Sofia Flora
  • Sonia Goncalves Pereira
  • Sina Kohlbrenner
  • Veronica Alfieri
  • Yvonne Goërtz
  • Zafeiria Barmparessou

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.

Want to run your own event?

Why not visit our events page for more information about setting up your own fundraiser.

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