On Thursday 14 September 2013, a cheque for €6,049 was given to Sophie Glesener, Director of SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde, thanks to donations generated by the runners of the 2023 ING Night Marathon edition.
This cheque giving ceremony took place on the evening of the launch of registrations for the seventeenth ING Night Marathon Luxembourg, which will be held on 11 May 2024 in the streets of Luxembourg City.
Erich François, founder of step-by-step (the association organising the ING Night Marathon), Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Maurice Bauer and Paul Galles, Aldermen of the City of Luxembourg, were present for the cheque presentation. The funds raised will be directed towards a project aimed at enhancing the resilience of the communities in the Great South of Madagascar, a region supported by SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde in partnership with local SOS colleagues.
The non-governmental organisation SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde has announced that it will once again, and for the fourth consecutive year, be a humanitarian partner of this popular sporting event. After supporting the populations of southern Madagascar in 2023, the marathon’s new edition will be dedicated to other vulnerable populations, those of Ethiopia facing a terrible drought and alarming food insecurity but also armed conflicts. SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde has been supporting its partner SOS on site for several years in emergency interventions targeted at integrated health and nutrition services for people suffering from malnutrition, primarily young children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
“Year after year, we are delighted that our association is linked to the ING Night Marathon Luxembourg, an event that embodies the multicultural diversity of the country and the capital. We once again express our gratitude to the marathon organising teams, partners, runners, volunteers and public. In 2024, when SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde will celebrate its 50th anniversary, we are delighted to be there again, this time to support women and children in emergency situations in Ethiopia,” highlighted Sophie Glesener during the meeting.