RTL Group gives Télévie 2007 its full support
Luxembourg, 20 April 2007 – For the sixth year running, RTL Lëtzebuerg is organising Télévie, a major fund-raising event, in Luxembourg. Télévie aims to raise awareness and collect funds for cancer and leukemia scientific research for adults and children.
RTL Group is supporting the event by staging the third edition of the Télévie Challenge on its premises. The non-stop 2007 Télévie Challenge will take place on 20 April 2007 between noon and 10 p.m. in RTL Group’s fitness centre in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.
This sporting event will set out to encourage a maximum number of people (RTL staff, politicians, sporting personalities and so forth) to pedal on fitness bikes, with RTL Group donating €4 for each kilometre completed. In 2006, the Télévie Challenge covered a total of 9,525 kilometres, raising €40,000.
RTL Group’s Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre, Elmar Heggen, said: “The Télévie Challenge is a unique opportunity to mobilise our employees in a demonstration of solidarity. This year, more than 400 employees are expected to take part”.
Executive Vice President Corporate HR Romain Mannelli added: “Many of our TV channels and radio stations throughout Europe are actively involved in charitable work. We are proud to see our headquarters contributing towards the fund raising for Télévie, an initiative jointly organised with success since many years by our operations RTL-TVI in Belgium and RTL Lëtzebuerg in Luxembourg”.
Doctor Marc Diederich from Kirchberg Hospital's Laboratory for the Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer (LBMCC), who will also be taking part in the challenge, said of the event: “Since 2002, a total of more than €4.7 million has been raised. Currently, 12 research programmes are under way, and 16 two-year mandates, i.e. 32 years of Télévie research have been funded in Luxembourg. Télévie effectively doubles the financing available for cancer research”.
Télévie started in Belgium, where it was founded by RTL-TVI. Since its launch in 1989, the event has raised over €76.7 million, all of which was handed over to Belgium's National Scientific Research Fund (FNRS).
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About RTL Group
RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 38 television channels and 29 radio stations in ten countries and content production throughout the world. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, Five in the UK, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, Ren TV in Russia and Antena 3 in Spain. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Group's content production arm, FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers outside the US. Each year, it produces more than 10,000 hours of programming in 22 countries.