(October 7, 2012) AMSTERDAM — Alpe d’HuZes in 2012 raised over 32 million euros according to an announcement by chairman Johan van der Waal this afternoon during the busy final meeting at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. “It’s an absurd amount. Especially in these times. But cancer takes no notice of crises. Luckily we did not. I’m glad everyone involved realizes this. Records are made to be broken. In Alpe d’HuZes we know no borders. ”
The exact final amount that Van der Waal announced, was 32,231,747 euros and 35 cents. This money was raised by more than 8,000 participants and their sponsors. The (cycling and running) participants climbed on 6 and 7 June the Alpe d’Huez up to six times each for research and the struggle for victory over cancer.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the event’s fundraising far exceeded that of the previous year. In 2011 Alpe d’HuZes raised 20 million euros. Due to the overwhelming number of registrations, the event for the first time spread its activities over two days. This will be repeated in 2013, when Alpe d’HuZes will take place on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 June.
The seventh edition of Alpe d’HuZes reveled in an unprecedented media attention, with live broadcasts on radio and television from the Alpe d’Huez by NCRV and NIS. Queen Beatrix spoke on June 7 in a telegram to the foundation her appreciation for the tremendous efforts in the fight against cancer by all participants, volunteers and supporters.
Alpe d’HuKids Next year Alpe d’HuZes expands its activities. Besides climbing the famous mountain cycling in France, the foundation will organize an action in the Netherlands. Under the heading Alpe d’HuKids, on Wednesday, June 5 a minimum of 660 primary schools will operate events and raise funds. “We also want children to experience what it’s like to do something for someone else”, said Van der Waal.
. The proceeds of Alpe d’HuZes one hundred percent benefit the Alpe d’HuZes / KWF-fund.