Alternative travelling, exploring countries, meeting people, enjoying freedom, raising donations – wait… what? Donations and hitchhiking? Does that fit?
Obviously it does. Like people and access to water, the world and the freedom of choice, or the ass to the (golden) bucket (german saying, don’t ask me…). Sharing ideals, energy for activism and sometimes the same people Tramprennen and Viva con Agua were connected from the very beginning. So it was obvious that the pure joy of hitchhiking and the competition in the race should be somehow connected with the goal of water, sanitation and hygiene worldwide. People remembered being young school kids once upon a time, stoic running circles around the school or a park to raise money for some charitable goal. The idea was born.
Since then, more than 125.000 Euros were donated by parents, grandmothers, grandfathers, families, jobs, factories, friends,…. to support their team of choice. A big THANKS to all of them!
Also, we decided to support another organization with 50% of the donations, starting with the Tramprennen 2015 – by name Pro Asyl, fighting for the rights of refugees and giving a voice to the disempowered. While most of us cross borders without noticing, always knowing that if anything bad happens there will be help, millions of people don’t even have a home, let alone without a voice that will be listened to. So it stands to reason that our ideals and the work of Pro Asyl are deeply connected and we are pleased to be able to support them.
In 2018 we decided to restructure our donation process. We are happy that we were able to support the work of two wonderful organizations and spread the word about clean sanitation and the necessity for refugee rights. But, we felt the need for a change and decided that since this year we want to support one organization that is helping people across borders and rescues them in the most dangerous situations: Sea-Watch e.V.!