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Our founder Tabea Oppliger will join the Muskathlon athletes from Switzerland in 2019 - raising awareness about men and women trapped in modern day slavery. Join us in this battle for justice and free
MUSKATHLON Tel Aviv IL – 10.-17. MARCH 2019
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE BY RUNNING AND CYCLING
A Muskathlon is an ultimate endurance event – like a marathon – set in a remote area. All participants (men & women) are expected to raise significant funds to further the worldwide battle for justice. These funds are donated towards the work of various charities. In 2019 Glowbalact will be a beneficiary of Muskathlon Israel.
In short, Muskathlons make a big impact in real people’s lives and fight injustice in our lifetime.
Below we are showing you how to be a part of the impact!
Attention: this specific Muskathlon event is organised by Muskathlon Switzerland and is targeting German speaking athletes.
How will the raised funds be allocated?
OUR SOCIAL BUSINESS IS PROVIDING ATTRACTIVE JOBS AND BASIC INCOME
The nature of our employees’ situations include facing difficult life challenges, which can lead to inconsistency and down time in production.
With the support of our donors we can cover the gaps in production and help our employees to become independent, whole and competent, ready for employment outside our
safe work environment.
You can help us cover costs created by the social part of our business in Tel Aviv Israel. Estimated costs $80,000.
For more information about the 'Sponsor An Employee' Program click here
Help build a second kite.pride production site in Germany. Europe has a great need for job integration opportunities for victims of human and people exploited in the sex industry. Our goal is replicate our social business model in Tel Aviv and to create 10-15 new jobs. The required start capital for this project amounts to approx. $290,000.
More information about our Social Business kite.pride
Sign up as an Athlete (Israel Muskathlon week hosted in German) or support our athletes with a donation.
Athletes are required to raise $10,000 prior to the event, help Tabea and Matthias Oppliger (Founder & Managers of Glowbalact) to reach their personal fund raising goal.
Stories Of Athletes
- Reglua W. A contribution to the bigger picture Read about why Regula decided to join the Muskathlon 2019 in Israel
A contribution to the bigger picture
What is your profession?
I’m a primary school teacher.
Since when have you been doing sport? And how often do you do it?
Hmm, that depends on what you consider sport to be. I have been active all my life, but never practising it very intensely or with a specific goal, just because I love it and as a hobby.
What’s your favorite sport?
I love mountain biking, especially when there are nice downhill trails. 😊
What motivates you to participate in the Muskathlon?
I know a few people who participated in one and their enthusiasm for it made me curious. Since I currently work as a part time substitute in teaching, I am always looking for interesting projects that I can do on the side. The Muskathlon seems tailor made for me – I have a goal in sport that I can work towards and I can invest myself into something bigger than just my life, something even with an impact beyond Switzerland.
How many Muskathlons have you been part of?
My first Muskathlon was in May 2018 and the next one will be the one in Israel for Glowbalact.
How do you specifically train for the Muskathlon?
For the one that I did in Tanzania this year, I tried to train three times a week especially as it got closer to the event. I mainly cycled, both training on mountain trails and roads. I do need to add that the distance of 120km required for the Muskathlon, I only completed once during training. My focus during the weeks of preparation was altitude training, improving my cardio plus workouts to build up and strengthen my muscles.
Why did you choose to participate in the one in Tel Aviv?
Israel has been on my bucket list for some time – I want to get to know the people and the country. I have also heard a lot about the work of Tabea and Matt Oppliger. I am so impressed by what they do and that they gave up their comfortable life in Switzerland to dare to begin something new. Their work is so worthy of my support.
How do you inspire people to sponsor you for the cause?
Hmm, looking for sponsors is truly the most challenging part… Setting my training goals and working towards it is the much easier part.
But I found it to be the easiest to just tell people in my world what was going in my life and what and why I was passionate about being part of the Muskathlon . I discovered that the more personal it was and the more conviction I had, the more people caught fire and got on board. Often people then automatically offered to support me, and in the case where I actually had to ask people to donate, I had to learn to leave it up to them to say “yes” or “no” - I’m not responsible for them not being able to say “no”. That conclusion made it easier for me to talk about it and ask.
Now, the second time round, I have decided to find other ways. For example, I held a garden BBQ for friends and acquaintances and we raised almost 2000CHF! It was fun for me to organise and prepare the event and it created an opportunity for amazing encounters.
Do you have any advice and hints for people who are thinking of joining the Muskathlon?
Try to meet with people who have already done a Muskathlon. Hearing firsthand will help you to better understand the “heartbeat” and what it takes.
For those who are a little intimidated about raising the sum of 10000 CHF, don’t be. Give it a try! At first, it was not easy for me to raise those funds, but my overall experience of people’s response was only positive. You need to know, that every participant comes from completely different environments to raise money. Some have experience in it, are extroverted and have huge supporting communities, others don’t. But guess what? I did not reach my goal of raising the entire sum for the Tanzanian Muskathlon. That did at first hurt my pride, but it was a good process for me to learn that at the end of the day, it is not about how much I raise and how I look. It is about the big picture and that we can only achieve it together.
HELP TABEA OPPLIGER TO REACH HER TARGET
In 2017, you helped Tabea raise funds for our BATTLE ON BIKES campaign when she cycled 803km in 10 days from Lebanon to Egypt.
This time she is joining the Muskathlon mountain bike challenge and would love your support. Tabea celebrates every dollar given and is extremely grateful for your support :)