Cycling for good - from 15 till 18 September 2020! Donations are collected in favor of the Charity of the Year 2020, namely the association CompiSternli in Davos.
For the seventh year running, the Tour de Credit Suisse team is gearing up for another cycling challenge – this year under unique circumstances. After the initial timing (July) and route (from Zurich to Trieste through five countries) fell victim to the restrictions from the Coronavirus, the team is now planning a 4-day tour during the third week of September. A group of 18 cyclists from Switzerland will start on September 15 from Montreux on Lac Léman and travel roughly 580 kilometers through nine cantons along the northwest part of Switzerland before finishing on September 18 in Zurich. The route includes the Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon, Col du Marchairuz, Col du Chasseral, Col du Mont Crosin, and Scheltenpass, climbing more than 12’000 meters in total.READ MORE
Problem We Are Trying to Solve
The elderly citizens should participate in life - also digitally.
Education instead of exclusion is the answer. The association CompiSternli provides a unique generation project.
The CompiSternli association offers schoolchildren the opportunity to help the older generation take their first steps in the digital world. In the "iPad project", senior citizens learn from children of junior high school age how to use a tablet in their day-to-day lives. During their training for CompiSternli (literally "computer stars"), the children must think carefully about the needs of older people and practice their interpersonal skills in this way. Through its work, the association wants to close the digital gap between the generations while supporting respectful encounters in which both young people and adults can experience something new.
How We Are Going To Do It
Employees from various departments in Switzerland will take part in the bike tour.
This edition of the Tour de Credit Suisse will take place in Switzerland. Over four days, the team will cycle from Montreux on Lac Léman to Zurich.
The tour will once again be a demanding and physically challenging event. The tour is therefore aimed at experienced cyclists. The top priority, however, is to ensure that everyone reaches the finish line safely from the start and that donations are collected for the association. Of course there will be eating breaks during the tour!
The association CompiSternli can revise and buy the material with the urgently needed funds:
- provide new documentation (manuals) for the schools
- Exchange equipment such as WIFI devices, iPad devices, iPad cases for school classes
- Clothes: new T-shirts with CompiSternli logo for school classes. It is an important identification element for each child.
Long Term Impact
The result is a "win-win-win" situation for all parties involved.
Thanks to financial support, the association CompiSternli will hopefully soon be able to hold its workshops again together with children and seniors in Switzerland.
One child will accompany each senior. The children are prepared beforehand by their teacher: They not only get to know the iPad, but also deal with aging, rules of etiquette and they practice small talk, for example. The association CompiSternli provides the entire material: The iPad case is lent to the classes for the entire duration of the project, each child receives a T-shirt. This T-shirt symbolizes the change of role: by putting on the shirt, a school child becomes a responsible young teacher. The children learn to take responsibility. They are only allowed to explain verbally, they are not allowed to show anything with their finger. This is a highly intensive language exercise.
The older people can immerse themselves in the digital world and also have a patient teacher at their side with the child, who can explain a process umpteen times.
What We Need To Do
The aim is for all participants to fundraise for the Credit Suisse charity of the year in their offices, family and friends.
With many fundraising activities canceled in 2020, the Tour de Credit Suisse cycling team will need your support more than ever this year.