UPC employees pedalled for a good cause

From 18 - 25 June 2014, twelve UPC employees pedalled from Zurich to Amsterdam on their bikes. Through their actions they were supporting Liberty Global’s Lessons for Life Foundation by raising money for children in Africa.

The Big Ride for Africa

Every year, the Lessons for Life Foundation organises a charity bike ride to Amsterdam. Cyclists set off from four Liberty Global locations – Cologne, London, Mechelen (Belgium) and Nijmegen (the Netherlands) – and all head for Amsterdam. This year, a team from UPC took part for the first time. The twelve participants also cycled the extra distance from Zurich to Cologne, for which they were presented with an award in recognition of their unusual journey to the start line by Liberty Global. In Cologne, the cyclists from UPC met up with their colleagues from Germany, Ireland and the USA. Together, they cycled to Amsterdam over two days. Through this campaign, the cyclists hoped to draw attention to the cause and raise funds for the Lessons for Life Foundation. The donations will be used to support projects in seven sub-Saharan African countries. Since it was founded in 2007, the Lessons for Life Foundation has already made it possible for over 10,000 children in these countries to attend school.



UPC has set up a donation profile to raise funds for the project at www.justgiving.com Donations can be made directly over the platform. All of the participants are now safely back in Zurich and their fundraising has already been very successful. UPC will continue to collect donations until 11 July 2014. All of the money raised will go to the Lessons for Life Foundation. You too can support Lessons for Life’s projects by making a donation.


Pictures from the Big Ride for Africa

The team:

Here, the twelve employees from UPC who took part in the Big Ride for Africa introduce themselves. Meet the cyclists and find out what motivated them to get involved with this project.

Dinh Que, Ta, 59, Logistics Data Manager

I really love cycling and cycle to work all year round. Big Ride for Africa combines a sporting challenge with a good cause. It’s a great project and a once in a lifetime opportunity. As it’s for a good cause, I would be very pleased if you would sponsor me and would like to say thanks in advance. Every donation will help the children in Africa, so that they can go to school.

Marco Born, 37, Auftragsmanager Construction

For me it offers the ideal combination of improving my fitness and at the same time supporting a good cause.

Jeremy Conn, 41, Product Owner

The ride is for a very good cause and I look forward to being involved. I enjoy long-distance bike tours and have done a number of these before. It is a good adventure and should be a lot of fun. It is a chance to meet up with colleagues from other affiliates.

Stefan Metzger, 40, Manager IT Operation

Since a knee injury in 2010, I’ve only been able to swim or cycle. And so in 2011 I took part in my first race in Berlin and discovered that I really enjoy cycling long distances. When I heard about the Big Ride for Africa, I knew immediately that I wanted to take part. Training is even more fun with a clear goal.

Timo Höfer, 39, Head Procurement Management

I am motivated by the vision of having a massive amount of people together doing one thing in common for a good cause which we will be sweating for. Education enabled me to participate in this great event with my colleagues, and education is key for the less lucky ones to create a new future.

Werner Känzig, 54, Team Leader Operational Purchasing

When I heard about the Big Ride, I said to myself, I’m going to do that. It’s for a good cause. I immediately decided to cycle to the start in Cologne. Training is even more fun with a clear goal. Thank you for your donations for this good cause.

Urs Käppeli, 46, Head Logistics Management

I am a keen sportsman – on foot and on wheels. I love adventures and need kicks like this to keep my motivation for my work and private life high. This is a joint effort that requires a lot of team spirit and creates fans.

Philipp Tsarkowistas, 29, Team Leader Back Office

When I heard about the Big Ride for Africa, it was immediately clear to me that I needed to take part. The fact that it is for a good cause really encouraged me to take part. The biggest challenge for me will be cycling this distance without any experience whatsoever on a road bike. I am already looking forward to being able to share this experience with my work colleagues.

Leo Bearth, 42, Sales Assistant Specialist

My motivation is that on this challenging tour it is possible to combine a good deed with a great ride. I am looking forward to this experience.

Robert Mächler, 57, Sourcing Manager

My reasons for taking part in the Big Ride for Africa are: the shared experience, the sporting challenge and your financial support for the projects in Africa.

Alfonso Iannotta, 25, Adv. Advisor Back Office

I think it’s great that upc cablecom is involved with the Big Ride for Africa. Cycling to help children in Africa go to school is a really good idea. The cycling tour will be an experience that we will never forget. I am motivated by the opportunity to pursue a goal with my work colleagues outside of the office.

Marc Sonderer, 34, Specialist Order Monitoring

Sport is really fun and improves your health and quality of life. I see the Big Ride for Africa as a big challenge, not only from a sporting perspective. I am already looking forward to discovering new areas and hilly landscapes such as the Black Forest by bike.