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24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual: Thank you for your generosity

Last weekend, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual held a 24-hour appeal for donations to medical research for an internationally-available Covid-19 vaccine. The appeal raised 21.500 €, which will be donated to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

On Saturday 13 June 2020, TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene accompanied by Their children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella came to the Automobile Club de Monaco, to cheer on the StrongTogether team representing the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation just before the start of the race at 3 pm.
 
H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco: “The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual have proved to be a successful combination of sport, passion and generosity. My foundation and the StrongTogether entry, with drivers Francesco Castellacci, Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella and Tony Mella, are committed to supporting medical research, in particular concerning Covid-19. Thanks to a great race, the first 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual , we were able to rally the world of endurance to this cause too. Thank you all with a special mention of course for the crew of the StrongTogether car, which finishes 8th.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “The spirit of Le Mans is present in the attitude and behaviour of everyone involved in the race. It is passed on from one generation to the next. It represents the past, present and future of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Teamwork, pulling together, are part and parcel of this discipline. Le Mans and Monaco share a passion for motorsport and it was only natural for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual to relay the appeal initiated by HSH Charlene, Princess of Monaco. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who have pledged donations. It is essential to show our support for medical research and for frontline medical staff and carers at this challenging time. Thank you, all of you. Alone we sometimes go faster, together we definitely go further.”

Gavi is an international organisation aiming to provide equal access to vaccines for all. The Principality of Monaco has been a supporter of the alliance for several years. Prince Albert II attended the online European Commission Coronavirus Global Response Pledging Conference on 4 May, contributing to the initial funding to kick-start the global cooperation.