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Meals for 5000 children thanks to Longines jump at St Gallen

From left, CSIO St. Gallen's Nayla Stössel JustWorld's Jessica Newman, and Longines President Walter von Känel.

From left, CSIO St. Gallen’s Nayla Stössel JustWorld’s Jessica Newman, and Longines President Walter von Känel.

JustWorld International has been named as the official charity partner of the Longines CSIO of St. Gallen for the second year.

Swiss watch brand Longines has become a major partner of equestrian sports, and replicated for JustWorld its “Longines Clear The Jump” initiative, previously organized at the FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon. The idea is that Longines makes a donation to JustWorld International each time the Longines obstacles are cleared. On Sunday June 1,  during the Longines Grand Prix of Switzerland, the watch brand donated an amount equivalent to 5000 meals for the impoverished children supported by JustWorld through its global projects.

Spencer Roe and Wonder Why for the winning British Team at St Gallen.

British rider Spencer Roe and Wonder Why clear a Longines jump at St Gallen. © Katja Stuppia/FEI

The donation was symbolically presented by the Longines President Walter Von Känel, who said: “Longines’ slogan ‘Elegance is an attitude’ is beautifully demonstrated today. We reward today the elegance of the heart shown by JustWorld International in favor of disadvantaged children. This charity reminds us that we can all dedicate a little time to others. As the creator of time pieces since 1832, Longines is delighted to be able to endorse this message.”

The Longines CSIO of St. Gallen is the first Swiss international equestrian event to support the projects of the humanitarian organization.

CSIO President Nayla Stössel welcomed this year’s collaboration with JustWorld.

“I am very proud to be able to welcome JustWorld International this year at our event, and to help educate the public about this charity. I hope this is just the start of a long and fructuous collaboration and that the CSIO of St. Gallen will have a significant impact on the great projects supported by JustWorld International,”Stössel said.

St Gallen has helped JustWorld to continue building awareness about the humanitarian work conducted to aid the most underprivileged children across the world.

JustWorld already counts among its ranks many Swiss rider ambassadors, such as Markus Fuchs, who has shown his support from the very beginning; Phillip Zueger, a Young Rider Ambassador who organizes a show in Galagen each year to raise funds and awareness for JustWorld; the European junior team champion and Swiss junior champion of 2013, Laetitia du Couëdic, who has been engaged with JustWorld for more than a year; and also, Emilie Stampfli, a rising star who competed in the CSIO of Saint Gallen this year.

Jessica Newman, Founder and Director of JustWorld International, said that ongoing support from Longines enabled JustWorld to successfully conduct itsr various humanitarian programs, “and to provide healthy meals to thousands of children living in extreme poverty in countries like Cambodia and Guatemala. I want to thank Longines for their valuable support, on behalf of all the volunteers and all the children helped by our charity.”

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