President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca presided over an event at San Anton Palace, during which ALIVE Charity Foundation presented a donation of €100,000 to the Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta for Cancer Research. This is the fifth major donation by ALIVE in the past 5 years. So far ALIVE have financed 3 PhD and 1 Master scholarships in cancer research at the University of Malta, making the NGO the leading philanthropic organisation that supports medical research in Malta.
President Coleiro Preca commended ALIVE Charity Foundation for taking up this cycling feat annually, and for continuously being innovative to raise the much needed funds for local cancer research.
During the event, President of ALIVE Charity Foundation Mr Nicky Camilleri, also launched the RE/MAX ALIVE 2018 Cycling Challenge for Cancer. RE/MAX ALIVE 2018 will bring together around 50 cyclists who will this year be participating in a 1200km Trans-Alp cycling challenge between 19th and 28th July 2018. The group will cycle approximately 170 km every day for 7 days, from Vienna to Salzburg, through the Brenner Pass, along Lake Garda to Milan. The participants have a choice of two routes to choose from, either road or trails for those who prefer off road. The two routes run in parallel giving a chance to the participants to meet and exchange their experiences at intervals during the day.
“I am truly proud of all the team at ALIVE Charity Foundation for taking this initiative to another level, even in terms of solidarity, through something which I’d like to call solidarity diplomacy, because bringing people together from different countries in this event, is very important, not just for funding, but for befriending, to enhance further connections, to do solidarity together. What you have been doing during these six years, is truly a statement and a way of being proactive. We need to be proactive against this scourge which we need to fight, and yes, together we can,” President Coleiro Preca said.
This year the RE/MAX ALIVE2018 Cycling Challenge for Cancer will start promoting the challenge internationally to encourage cyclists from all over the world to take part and raise funds for local medical cancer research.
ALIVE Charity Foundation is a member of the National Cancer Platform Association, under the patronage of the President of Malta.