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Team Alvimedica supports NZ charities



Fancy sailing onboard a Volvo Ocean 65 and helping Heart Kids NZ and Starship Foundation? Now is your chance to bid for a place aboard Team Alvimedica in the In-Port Race during the Auckland Stopover on Saturday 14 March or the famous Jump Seat on the boat as the fleet races out of Auckland at the start of leg 5 to Itajai, Brazil.


It's all part of Team Alvimedica's World Heart Health Charity Tour. While the young sailors on board Team Alvimedica are racing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, they are leaving in their wake significant donations to a children’s heart health charity at each of the 10 Stopover ports.


The team and its owner, medical devices company Alvimedica, have unveiled an ambitious World Heart Health Charity Tour, a global initiative to raise funds and awareness for heart health.


The team raises the funds through an online auction on the team’s website (watch the World Heart Health Charity video here) where bids can be made on two separate once-in-a lifetime experiences on board with Team Alvimedica at each of the race’s 10 Stopover ports. Place your bid here


Heart Kids NZ is the only charity in New Zealand supporting children born with congenital heart defects (CHD) throughout their entire lives. Heart Kids receives no government funding and relies on support from generous partners and communities to provide support services for children and families affected by CHD across New Zealand. Starship Foundation is New Zealand’s national children’s hospital. There are over 110,000 patient visits to Starship Children’s Health every year by children from all over New Zealand. Starship is a social-profit organization that raises funds so Starship Children’s Health can better care for its young patients.


Team Alvimedica has raised close to $40,000 since the start of the global race in Alicante, Spain (Menudos Corazones), and at the three following Stopovers in Cape Town (Paedriatric Cardiac Society of South Africa), Abu Dhabi (Zayed Giving Initiative) and Sanya, China (Chinese Agape Foundation).


“Following successful initiatives at the first four stops of this international race, we are pleased to now formally confirm our charity partners for the remaining six Stopovers around the world,” said Dr. Cem Bozkurt, CEO of Alvimedica, the global maker of minimally-invasive medical devices. “Today we are proud to announce our charity partners in the World Heart Health Charity Tour.”


These are:
Auckland: Heart Kids and Starship Foundation, New Zealand
Itajaí: AVISA
Newport: Lifespan of Providence, Rhode Island
Lisbon: Associacão Coragem (Courage Association)
Lorient: Mécé
Gothenburg: (Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation)


The team’s American skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, RI, has visited children recovering from heart disease at each Stopover of the race to date.


Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect and affects at least one in every 100 children with between 20-40 percent of children affected needing surgery. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and men.

He said: “Team Alvimedica gives us an opportunity to touch a number of local communities and it's great for us to be able to give back everywhere we go.


“The World Heart Health Charity Tour initiative gives us a more global perspective to appreciate what else is going on in the world as we are sailing around it.”