On www.meine-spendenaktion.de runners of all performance classes can create their individual charity run and collect donations for a selected project of SOS – Children's Village worldwide, together with friends, family and fans. Either by running the full marathon distance or as a part of the company relay teams, doing good by running and enjoying the picturesque finish of the marathon along the river Rhine provides a perfect combination.
Collected more than € 25,000 for children in need already
In recent years, we have been able to collect more than € 25,000 thanks to your donations and could support projects all over the world, thus we were able to:
- give children in Ethiopia the chance to go to school
- give a new home to children in Kosovo and Ruanda
- assist in rebuilding the SOS Children`s Village in Tacloban, Philippines (after the terrible Taifun)
- Support the emergency relief in Nepal after the terrible earthquake.
Support by celebrities
The participants of METRO Marathon Düsseldorf are supported by numerous celebrity supporters of SOS Children`s Village worldwide every year. Marathon former Top Runners such as Susanne Hahn (German Marathon-Master und Olympic Athlete 2012), Christian Schenk (former decathlete and Olympic champion 1988), Frank Busemann (Olympia 2nd, Atlanta 1996) and Luan Krasniqi (former heavyweight boxer and repeated German Master) have passed the finish line for the good cause
SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental international development organization which has been working in 135 countries. The main focus is to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights and to provide a better future of abandoned children and those in need.
The heart of the worldwide work is the SOS Children`s Village where abandoned and parentless children find a loving and safe home. Additional facilities in the neighborhood are open for children and families in need. The organization contributes to the sustainable development of communities in poor countries by educational work, medical help and self-help projects of the SOS Family Support. Beyond SOS Childen`s Villages worldwide render emergency aid in disaster areas and conflict zones.
The SOS-Children`s Village-Institutions look after and accompany approx. 1.5 million people at this time: children, adolescents and families.