After five months of training, participants of the Laureus Ladies Run project in the Netherlands have completed the Almere City Run event.
But it was a double celebration as this year the Laureus Foundation Netherlands was also the official Charity Partner of the event.
As Charity Partner Laureus received funds raised before and during the Almere City Run. During the event a cheque of €3,750.00 was offered by the organisation to both Laureus the Netherlands chairman Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje and Ambassador Yvonne van Gennip. The biggest part of this amount will be spent on continuing and improving the Laureus Ladies Run project.
Every Tuesday and Thursday girls and women from Stedenwijk, a disadvantaged area in the city of Almere, come together to train. They train towards a clear goal: finishing the Almere City Run. These sessions are part of the Laureus Ladies Run project.
The project brings girls and women together to exercise and to meet other people. The sport aspect of the project is combined with workshops to teach the participants about self-confidence, respect, self-defense and more.
Laureus Ladies Run was launched in December 2013 by Clarence Seedorf, board member of Laureus the Netherlands, and Laureus Ambassador Yvonne van Gennip.
The project was inspired by a a similar intitiative in Casablanca, founded by Laureus Academy Member Nawal el Moutawakel.