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Global Sports Week runs for Ukraine with CARE and Sport Heroes

Global Sports Week runs for Ukraine with CARE and Sport Heroes

Global Sports Week has partnered with humanitarian aid network CARE, and French community-based, connected sport platform Sport Heroes, to host a global charity run for Ukraine during this year’s edition of the forum.

  • Global Sports Week has launched a 5-day worldwide fundraising challenge in partnership with NGO CARE and community running app Sport Heroes 
  • From 9-13 May, the dates of this year’s international forum in Paris, the sports community is challenged to run 4,720km, representing the distance from Paris to Kiev and back
  • If the target is met, Global Sports Week and its partners pledge to turn each kilometre logged on the Sport Heroes app into a Euro donation to CARE’s emergency aid fund for Ukraine

Global Sports Week has partnered with humanitarian aid network CARE, and French community-based, connected sport platform Sport Heroes, to host a 5-day, 4,720 km, global charity run for Ukraine during this year’s edition of the international forum for sport.

The GSW RUNS FOR UKRAINE challenge will take place between 9 and 13, when the world of sport is set to gather for its annual forum in Paris, with additional events taking place in Los Angeles and online.

The initiative challenges the global ecosystem of sport to collectively run 4,720 km – the distance from Paris to Kiev and back – to raise funds for CARE’s emergency aid fund for Ukraine. Global Sports Week organisers and partners have pledged to donate 4,720 Euros if the target is hit.

All funds raised through the GSW RUNS FOR UKRAINE challenge will contribute to CARE's emergency response in areas such as the immediate distribution of food, water, hygiene kits, shelter and money or psychological support.

CARE, one of the largest humanitarian aid networks in the world, is working in Ukraine to provide emergency aid to populations affected by the fighting and in bordering countries to take care of refugees who have fled the violence.

Lucien Boyer, President and Co-Founder of Global Sports Weeksaid“This year’s Global Sports Week is taking place against the backdrop of great human suffering in Ukraine. The world of sport has already demonstrated its solidarity and collective power at the heart of the global response.

“As a platform focussed on the postive impact of sport in society, and a worldwide community commited to act beyond words, we felt strongly that Global Sports Week must also play a part. Through this intiative with CARE and Sport Heroes, supported by GSW partners, we hope that the power of the sports community, when it acts together, will be demonstrated once again.

“I hope as many people as possible from around the global sports community will join us on this run for Ukraine. Together, through sport, we can make a difference.”

To take part in the challenge, participants of Global Sports Week Paris 2022, and the wider global ecosystem of sport, are invited to sign up for GSW RUNS FOR UKRAINE on the Sport Heroes platform, and to connect their running tracker to log and turn their kilometres into a donation. 

Every kilometre logged on the app between midnight CET on Monday 9 May and 23:59 CET on Friday 13 May will count towards the target. 

About Global Sports Week Paris 

Global Sports Week Paris is an annual international forum that brings together leaders and disruptors from sport, business, culture, media, government and society. Its goal is to accelerate the development of sport as an innovative, sustainable and positive force at the heart of global society.

In 2022, GSWParis will return from 9-13 May with a central gathering at the Accor Arena in Paris on 10-11 May, a one-day GSW @ LA event in Los Angeles on 11 May and additional offsite and digital events throughout the week.

Global Sports Week is organised under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, with the support of numerous private and public partners. The event was first staged in February 2020 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

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Friday, April 29, 2022 - 12:11

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