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Tour de Marel raises €75,000 for SOS Children’s Villages

The annual global charity event, Tour de Marel, took place for the second time in 2013. This time Marel employees raised over €75,000 to support SOS Children’s Villages in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.


Marel employees around the world participated in Tour de Marel by running, walking, cycling, playing football and participating in a variety of different events and fundraisers.

The €75.000 raised was handed over to the SOS Children’s Villages in December. The money will be used to provide a better future for children in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, where a new SOS Children’s Village is being built. Marel’s donation will be used to build new primary school, located in the SOS Children’s Village. Geert van Tilburg, on the behalf of the Tour de Marel Project Team, handed the €75.000 Tour de Marel check over to Margot Ende- Van den Broek, the Managing Director of the SOS children’s villages in the Netherlands.

Margot Ende - Van den Broek Managing director of the SOS children’s villages in the Netherlands:

“I was moved by the personal commitment of Marel employees around the world. To me, Marel lives and breathes family. I think this might be the reason why we match so well. SOS Children’s Villages believes that family love is of vital importance for the development of children. Family is in our DNA.

We as SOS Children’s Villages are proud to be partner of Marel and beneficent of Tour de Marel. With this global partnership the Marel employees have made a true difference for the children in Ivory Coast. With their support we are able to construct a new primary school. Marel employees have ensured quality education for generations of children.”

Marel has signed a partnership agreement with the SOS Children’s Villages for three years, in order to secure proper education for all the children in the SOS village in Yamoussoukro. Marel will make sure that the children will be provided with quality education. Learning is one of Marel’s core values and Marel is pleased to be able to support education further afield in the global community where even the most basic educational needs of children are often not being met.

The new primary school in Yamoussoukro will provide quality education for 210 children aged 6 to 16 years and will open its doors in 2014. The school’s curriculum will offer a good foundation in primary education for the children in the SOS Children’s Village as well as in the broader community in Yamoussoukro.


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