Sport and charity

Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA), skipper Initiatives Coeur, at start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee GlobeTanguy de Lamotte (FRA), skipper Initiatives Coeur, au départ du Vendée

"For me, the Vendée Globe is THE Challenge with a big C !

It is first and foremost a personal challenge for these skippers who leave for three months at sea on their own. They will test their limit, I imagine they will learn something new about themselves every day!

It is also a sporting challenge and whatever the overall ranking at the end, we will be in awe of their achievement.

Amongst these 29 beautiful tales, there is one I find particularly touching. It is the “Initiatives Cœur” story of Tanguy De Lamotte who sails around the world to increase awareness of the charity Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque and raises money to save children.

My niece told me about this campaign. She goes to a primary school in the Vendée region and her class follows the Vendée Globe and Tanguy’s boat in particular. We even went to Les Sables d’Olonne together, to visit the race village to see the boat and make a donation on the “Initiatives Coeur” stand. I find it really interesting to rally children to this cause and to make them realise the difficulties some children around the world have to cope with.

To mix sport and solidarity brings a lot of affect to the project. I am also very interested in other sporting events in favour of great causes.

Unfortunately, Tanguy now had to retire from the race due to damage to the boat’s mast. We are very disappointed for him but the “Initiatives Coeur” actions continue!"

Julie, line operator GOODWICH 2 (Production unit of SODEBO sandwiches).

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