During the summer of 2014 several CrossFit gyms in Switzerland will embark on this unique charity workout challenge.
Reebok CrossFit Zürich will host its event Satuday/Sunday 8.&9. November.
The event is in partnership with the Face-to-Face AIDS Project (F2F), a non-profit organization that is working to offer a holistic, culturally sensitive approach to nurturing fundamental, long-lasting improvements in the poorest rural communities.
- 2014 will be the 4th year this event has been hosted in Switzerland. Reebok CrossFit Zurich launched the event and later Hillseeker CrossFit, Beast Mode Bärn, and CrossFit GVA joined. We’ve hosted 24-hour events the past 3 years, with nearly 100 full-24 finishers and dozens upon dozens more participating as volunteers, joining workouts, fundraising, making donations and more.
- There are opportunities for athletes to go for the full 24-hours solo or as a team or just join for one or more workouts.
- For every workout you participate you or your sponsors will donate a minimum of CHF 24.-
- There are many opportunities to volunteer, plus donations are always welcome!
- Representatives of Reebok CrossFit Zurich and Hillseeker CrossFit have visited F2F projects in Malawi and Cambodia and have worked closely with F2F for 4+ years. See the report from the trip here.
- Workout selections are a surprise to the athletes.
More infos about the event and how sign up and will be posted soon.
Face-To-Face AIDS Project
The Face-to-Face AIDS Project (F2F) began in 2003 as a Harvard Medical School initiative to document the AIDS pandemic in South Africa. We photographed, filmed, and interviewed scores of people, many now deceased, and presented their life stories in the U.S. to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. To this end, we exhibited our AIDS PhotoMosaics and gave presentations at numerous universities, museums, and international conferences. Still, we wanted to do more to help the people who’d entrusted us with their stories. We also felt our donors wanted to support projects that directly benefited the people whose stories had so moved them.
And so F2F evolved into a charity that uses its documentary experiences to reveal local economic, cultural, and societal realities, and then build on-the-ground programs that local communities take ownership of. In 2006, we moved our focus to Malawi, and added Cambodia in 2007; both places are among the most impoverished, disease-stricken countries in their respective areas. We believe that working in these similar yet very different nations informs our programming in ways that can be unique and forward-thinking. We bring together the best of our experiences in both countries to come up with programs that often challenge established methods of charity.
The Face-to-Face AIDS Project strives to develop a mindset among local people to building sustainable and replicable model communities in HIV/AIDS and poverty-affected Malawi and Cambodia. In short, we “help them help themselves.” In the process, we emphasize the following directives:
- Giving voice to Malawians and Cambodians affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty so we may better understand who they are and how they live their lives.
- Enabling orphans and vulnerable children to benefit from learning experiences that can help them help the communities from where they come.
- Promoting practical, innovative programs that strengthen the basic foundations of a community.
- Valuing cultural and economic realities when planning and implementing programs.
- Connecting donors to programs so they know who is being supported and how lives are being improved.
- Adapting successful concepts and policies from Cambodia to programs in Malawi. And vice versa.
- Maintaining the highest standards of honesty and transparency regarding all of our operations.
- Engaging people to understand real-life situations in Malawi and Cambodia, and inspiring them to actively support thoughtful charity.
For more information about the Face-to-Face Project, please visit the Face-to-Face Aid project website