Project Play to Commence
FIS, Right To Play and Pat Burgener join forces with the Embassy of Switzerland, Lebanese Ski Association, Mzaar Ski Resort, Swiss-Ski and the Republic of Snowboarding to bring disadvantaged children in Lebanon to the snow.
To execute the event, FIS will be teaming up with professional snowboarder Pat Burgener and children’s charity Right To Play. Born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and Lebanese mother, Pat is a dual World Championship halfpipe snowboard medallist, he represented Switzerland at the Pyeongchang (KOR) Winter Olympic Games and is a Right to Play Ambassador. Right To Play is a global charity organization that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity. The charity works with children living in some of the most difficult contexts, supporting them to stay in school, to resist exploitation, to prevent disease and to heal from war and abuse. “We empower disadvantaged children in Lebanon through Right To Play programs to believe in themselves and in their capacity of driving change into their lives. Through different forms of play in safe playgrounds we support them to discover new things and develop life skills like self-confidence, peaceful communication, respect for others, and inclusion. The Play project with FIS is a perfect fit.” said Philipp Zimmermann of Right To Play Switzerland.
Set to take place in March 2020, FIS, Pat and Right To Play will bring 30 children growing up in Lebanon with various difficult backgrounds to Mzaar Ski Resort for a day of snow sports and other activities. “Our goal with this event is to give these children an escape from the difficult lives they live.” said Bring Children to the Snow Coordinator Andrew Cholinski. Pat Burgener added “I am honoured to be part of a project which allows me to share my passion with children who grow in a social environment that is far from what we know and can imagine in Switzerland. It is my way to give back to those who need it the most.”