Hello - Anna is Swedish and Rachel is English and we both live and work in Lyon. We are a couple of dynamic business women and mums who have decided to participate in the Raid Amazones for a local charity called Habitat & Humanisme.
We've been training with a sports coach since late April and are intensifying our efforts (running, canoing and cycling) so that we'll be up to scratch for the 6 day event that will take place in Vietnam on the 11th October. We don't want to disappoint our sponsors so we're highly motivated and our aim is to give a sizable cheque to Habitat & Humanisme so they can develop more of their excellent social cantines for residents in the city who are in financial difficulty. These cantines enable people to eat a full freshly cooked meal for 2€ and are places of refuge for familes, students, single parents and the elderly. They are run by volunteers and professionals from all walks of life so the encounters and conversations are enriching. Everyone benefits.
Photo Christophe Pouget
Habitat et Humanisme seeks to enable people with limited resources, and whose livelihoods are limited by their social situation, age, disability or health, to access decent housing adapted to their situation and their resources. Their mission is to contribute to a city open to all, by favoring social inclusion building housing located in "balanced neighborhoods" and by promoting links throughout the community.
We were particularly impressed by "Les Escales Solidaires" which create a melting pot of age groups and social backgrounds. Les Escales Solidaires are anchor points in the city. These canteens offer residents and locals from the neighborhood a means of escaping isolation and provide a balanced meal for all. In addition to the "tables d'hôtes" (two canteens in downtown Lyon), Les Escales host workshops, events and any other project promoting social integration.
Le RAID AMAZONES is the only women's sports raid in the world that is socially inclusive and targeted at charitable causes. This year it will be held in Danang in Vietnam. Over six days, women in teams of 2's and 3's will compete in mountain bike, canoing, trail running and orienteering events during the morning then participate in charitable activities in the afternoons. The organisers (ZBO) have chosen to support a local school in Dong Binh Duy Vinh by financing a new roof, water purification systems and educational games for the children.
Why support us ?
You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're supporting more than one good cause!
The Escales Solidaires (cantines) at Habitat & Humanisme,
The educational programme in Vietnam,
and our bodies ! We're getting fitter by the day and that's not a bad thing once you're the wrong side of 45 !!
Oh and if you're asking yourself why our team is called "Does your mother know?" Here's the answer! We do like a bit of Abba ...
Thank you for taking the time to read this and especially for your support in whatever form it may take.
Rachel & Anna
PS: The bank will match all donations (up to a total of 3000€) so that means you're helping us to give twice as much to Habitat & Humanisme...
Anna, is Swedish and whilst her soul remains Scandinavian, her heart is now firmly rooted in France. She has been training very hard to recover the sporty body of her youth which had been left by the wayside as the priorities of work and motherhood took over. She has a talent for improvisation and multi tasking which she puts to good use in her management role at the LYINC - a prestigious private club for international people. She loves meeting people from all nationalities and walks of life so she can't wait for the event in Vietnam.
Rachel, has dual nationality (English/French) and runs a branding agency in Lyon called TwinFish Design. Every year she tries to move out of her comfort zone by interacting with people who see the world differently and tackling something new. Over the past 10 years she has crossed the Andes on a Harley, entered the hidden valleys of the Himalayas on a Royal Enfield, cycled on elephant racks through three countries in Southern Africa, as well as trying just about every adventure sport she could find without breaking her neck. She met Anna via the international business community and proposed this team event because she knew that Anna had the drive and stamina to succeed.
Both Anna and Rachel love their home town of Lyon and wanted to support a local charity for their team contribution to the Raid Amazones. They were particularly impressed by the professionalism and long term vision at Habitat and Humanisme. They have chosen to support the Cantines Solidaires programme because it helps to forge links in the community between young and old, rich and poor, refugees and locals, professionals and volunteers. Everyone seems to be enriched by their experience - it really is a superb initiative.
They would particuarly like to thank their sponsors : MAIA GROUP, MW-MARVALWAY, CLASQUIN, BYBLOS, UPERGY, VISIATIV, SOULIER AVOCATS, ALTIOS INTERNATIONAL, LONGBOW, SOROVIM, TECHNILEV and the mayor of the 9th district in LYON.
A big thank you and a special mention on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK)
If you pay your taxes in France your donation will only cost you 6,80€ (a tax receipt will be sent to your email address)
A huge thank you ! Merci ! Tusen tack !!
And a special mention on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK) for your support.
If you're eligible for French tax reductions your donation will only cost you 17€
Tusen tack ! Thank you so much !!
A special mention on our FB page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK) and a lunch at the Escales Solidaires.
If you are eligible for French tax reductions your donation will only cost you 25,50€
Thank you so much for your generosity !
A special dedication on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK) and an invitation to the Afterparty.
If you are eligible for French tax reductions your donation will only cost you 34€
MIlles mercis ! Tusen tack ! Thank you SO much !!
A special mention on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK), a lunch with Anna and / or Rachel at the Escales Solidaires and an invitation to our Afterparty.
If you are eligible for French tax reductions your donation will only cost you 68€
Milles mercis, Tusen Tack ! Thank you thank you thank you !! A special mention on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RAIDAMAZONES2019DYMK) for your support, a lunch with either Anna or Rachel (your choice !) and an invitation for 2 to our Afterparty.
If you are eligible for French tax reductions your donation will only cost you 170€