Utrecht, 23 October, 2019
Eurail raises over $400,000 in charity campaign for Make-A-Wish® and Doctors Without Borders
Eurail, the company behind Eurail train passes, raised over $400,000 in their first campaign for Make-A-Wish® and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Eurail announced partnerships with both charities in June followed by a four-week sales campaign in which the company and its distributors donated $16.80 (15 euros) for every Eurail Global Pass sold. When purchasing a Eurail Global Pass, travelers also received a 5 percent discount on their purchase.
Together with its global distributors and customers, Eurail raised $165,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish International to help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. An additional $150,000 was raised in the US only for Make-A-Wish America. Members of the Eurail team officially handed over the check to Make-A-Wish during the “Adopt a Wish” workshop at the Eurail headquarters in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
“We could not be more grateful to Eurail patrons who have come together to transform more children’s lives, one wish at a time,” said Michel Rudolphie president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International. “We rely completely on donations from individuals and corporations, like those generated by the Eurail community, who are fundamental to providing more children with a lifechanging wish, which can help them build physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness.”
“It is fantastic that together with our community of Eurail travelers, distributors, and Eurail colleagues we can contribute to the beautiful work of Doctors Without Borders and Make-A-Wish. We are eager to continue to help both charities in the coming three months to make a difference in the life of those who need it most.” said Carlo Boselli, General Manager of Eurail.
From October 24-29 Eurail will give travelers another opportunity to transform lives by purchasing a Eurail Global Pass at a 5 percent discount. Eurail will again donate $16.80 (15 euros) for each Pass sold in that week. A similar campaign will run on Giving Tuesday, December 3.
A Eurail Pass gives travellers access to rail networks in 31 European countries. Passes can be purchased up to 11 months in advance at www.eurail.com and via a worldwide network of Eurail General Sales Agents.
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, serving children in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 45,000 volunteers grant a wish every 17 minutes, on average, somewhere in the world. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 480,000 wishes to children; more than 30,000 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org.
About Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from health care. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.