Philips Healthcare Cycle'ists

The Alpe d'HuZes team from Philips Healthcare

On June 5th and the 6th, 2013 a cycling team from Philips Healthcare Nederland will participate again in the Alpe d'HuZes event. Follow their efforts on this site.

Alpe d'HuZes is an event, in which hundreds of cyclists try to climb the formidable Alpe d'Huez six times in a row on a single day, in order to raise funds for the fight against the effects of cancer. This may seem like a mission impossible, but from 2006 on an increasing number of participants achieved this goal, including even a number of former or actual cancer patients! In 2011 4500 participants raised a record amount of money of 20 million euros! The Philips HealthCare Cycle'ists contributed in 2010 with an incredible 118.274 euro ! ! !
Research into fighting and preventing cancer
Alpe d’HuZes guarantees that 100 % of the money raised will actually be used for research to fight and prevent cancer. The Alpe d’HuZes Fund develops specific rehabilitation programmes that run sports activities to improve the physical condition of cancer patients so that they are able to function better during and after their illness. This programme, A-CaRe (Alpe d’HuZes Cancer Rehabilitation programme) is directly linked to this mission: physical activity can help to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

The Philips HealthCare Cycle'ists of 2013
The Philips HealthCare Cycle'ists of 2012

Another important objective is to carry out research into the mental state of patients with cancer. In order to promote research into these aspects, a chair for 'Living with Cancer' is being created at the Vrije Universiteit (VU University) in Amsterdam.

Anti-rake-off policy
Most criticism of activities for a good cause is about whether or not all of the money reaches the good cause for which it was intended. Whether justified or not, this criticism exists and it makes sponsors wary of giving money. A second point for criticism is that the money must actually reach the people for whom it was intended. These two points have given rise to the anti-rake-off policy at the Stichting Alpe d'HuZes. 

The main features of this policy are as follows:
  1. the organisation does not incur any costs (payment is not an option!); 
  2. if costs have to be incurred, these costs are paid for by the participants. 
  3. under no circumstances will sponsorship money be used for this (we often pay out of our own pocket); 
  4. every cent of the money that is donated by sponsors goes to the Alpe d'Huzes foundation, that means 100%; 
  5. if sponsorship is given in kind, these items or services are turned into cash wherever possible so that this form of sponsorship also benefits the Alpe d'Huzes foundation. An exception here are services that benefit the event as a whole, such as free office space for meetings, transport to France or, for example, free preparation of our annual accounts. These services help to enable us to pay every cent donated by our sponsors to the Alpe d'Huzes foundation. 
  6. This approach means that sponsors always have a watertight guarantee that their money will actually reach Alpe d'Huzes foundation. This is truly unique for an event of this size. Our money is paid into a named fund (Alpe d'HuZes fonds) which is then used to pay for the research we choose to have carried out. This enables us to guarantee that none of the money we raise is used for the Alpe d'Huzes organisation. Every cent of sponsorship money therefore goes towards improving the quality of life for cancer patients.