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Solidarity / Eco-citizenship

The 4L Trophy™ Rally has always, right from the start and even more than its competitors, an aspect of social solidarity and eco-citizenship, to the extent that these activities are fully integrated into the adventure.  The best example?  Our cooperation with the Enfants du désert charity has led to the opening of a number of classrooms, leading to many Moroccan children receiving a basic education for the first time.  Here’s a short overview of the of the 4L Trophy™ Rally to benefit society and promote environmental responsibility.

              
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Enfants du désert

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4L Solidarity

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Ecocitizenship commitment

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While the charity actives of the 4L Trophy™ Rally show solidarity with the country that welcomes it, Morocco, the organisation hasn’t forgotten the people of France either.  Since the 2011 rally, the “4L Solidarity” charity requests each crew to bring 10 kg of non-perishable staple goods to the Departure Village.  The goods that are collected in this way are then handed over to the Red Cross and to food banks.

              
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The 4L Solidarity organisation: guiding principles

Dons de denrées à la croix rouge opération 4L Solidaire

The 4L Trophy™ also delivers its aid in France!

The “4L Solidarity” Association has been in operation since 2011, working in partnership with the French Red Cross and requesting that students who compete in the 4L Trophy™ provide 10 kg of non-perishable staple goods per crew.

So… are you ready to join in with the adventure?

If so, you’ll need to load up your sturdy old Renault 4L with 10kg of tinned goods (ready meals, vegetables, sardines, etc.), rice, pasta, and nappies.

The French Red Cross will be in attendance at the Departure Village to collect your donations of food before you set off, and will answer any questions that you may have.

We are therefore relying on you to prove once again that the generosity of the 4L Trophy™ is legendary – and not mythical!

For more information, please don’t take a look at the guide to preparing for the charity actives, which is available in the participants’ workspace.

              
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Accounts of 4L Solidarity 2016

For the sixth consecutive year, we were able to provide support to people in need in France.  Today, we are faced with the undeniable reality that France, too, has it needs, and that is why we created the “4L Solidarity” charity organisation in partnership with the French Red Cross.

Since 2011, we have asked each crew to bring 10 kg of non-perishable staple goods with them.

Once again, we were surprised and delighted by the results, because we were able to achieve our goal, collecting over six tons of donations that were handed collected by the French Red Cross at Iraty Hall in Biarritz! Thanks to the participants in the 2015 rally, more than 15,300 meals will be served (6,900kg of food) to disadvantaged populations!

Thank you for your involvement, and for rising to the challenge – and thank you on behalf of those we have helped.

The 4L Solidarity Team.

              
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List of supplies

Fournitures pour les enfants marocains - Raid 4L Trophy

For the 2015 Raid 4L Trophy™, the Enfants du Désert association and their NGO partners reiterated their wish to provide school bags (containing classroom materials) and backpacks (containing sports equipment) and to extend the “Opération construction” programme.

Thanks to the participants of the 16th edition of the 4L Trophy, 4 classrooms were built in isolated desert towns and over 60 tons of materials were collected. The goal was to improve education and create sport facilities and teams in the poorest regions of Morocco. Today, our project helped build a total of 13 schools.

What is “Opération Construction”?

For the third year of “Opération Construction”, the association Enfants du Désert proposes the following:

You can bring the usual donations, 2 school bags with classroom materials and 2 sports bags with sports gear.

OR

Each team brings:

  • Just 1 school bag with classroom materials
  • Just 1 sports bag with sports gear
  • A donation of 20€ (or more) by cheque made out to Enfants du désert, to be submitted at the Departure Village or sent to: Enfants du Désert – 34, Route du Marsan – 40090 BASCONS, FRANCE.

The latter will allow you not to overcharge your venerable Renault 4L, but most of all, to actively participate in CONSTRUCTING SCHOOLS.

Our desire is to better meet the needs of Moroccan schools, so we advise to bring the following:

2 school bags containing classroom materials:

  • pencil case
  • pens
  • eraser
  • felt tip pens, pencils
  • geometry equipment (compass, ruler, protractor, etc.)
  • books
  • calculator, etc.

2 backpacks containing sports equipment:

  • large and small balls,
  • sports socks
  • t-shirts
  • tracksuits
  • sports shoes
  • training bibs
  • whistles
  • skipping ropes
  • frisbees

Textbooks were not permitted due to language and school curriculum issues.

Suggestions for collection:

  • Link up with a primary school for your project.
  • Get sponsorship from a stationery shop or a supermarket.

Operation Reflective Vests:

  • Due to low or zero visibility on poorly lit roads, many children fall victim to traffic accidents on Moroccan roads. The Enfants du Désert association has decided to act by organising road safety days in schools several times a year. We try to raise awareness about the dangers in traffic and distribute reflective vests. We would like to ask you to help the association by collecting reflective vests for Enfants du Désert.

You can also bring:

  • Computers (please contact us in advance)
  • Hygiene products (please contact us in advance)
  • Toys, etc.

For more information: www.enfantsdudesert.org

              
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Mission statement

Enfants du désert’s mission is as follows:

Each year to allow over 20,000 children to start school with good working conditions.  To achieve this goal, Enfants du désert collaborates closely with around twenty local organisations to:

build schools and classrooms

provide educational and sporting equipment to children in need.

That’s why we ask every crew to maximise their commitment to supporting Enfants du désert in its mission by delivering educational and sporting equipment and by taking part in the school construction project by making a donation.

You’ll find more details about the different ways to help Enfants du désert in the charitable portfolio.

              
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Ambassadors days

In 2015 on the occasion of 10 years of Children of the desert, he had been set up ambassadors days. The principle: offer students who wished not to take the track a day to go to the field closer to the desert realize Enfants shares throughout the year.

The first was a huge success, Children of the desert has decided to renew for 2016 a new day ambassadors.

40 teams will participate in this project or animation will be asked, the best projects will be selected.

Still beautiful days ahead with the students and children!

              
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Result of the school construction project

During the eighteenth 4L Trophy™ Rally, we kicked off a large classroom building project for the fourth consecutive year.  This useful project, which is consistent with our mission and values, is designed to help a Moroccan region that desperately lacks high quality educational infrastructure.

This activity could never have seen the light of day without your amazing generosity!  The principle was simple: we have added a voluntary financial donation of €20 to contribute to the project.  You, the students, donated the incredible sum of €19,305.75.  The event organisers, the ESO University, Deloitte and Flashsport have added a further €14,360.  We were therefore able to collect a total amount of €33,665.75!

This is an exceptional amount that will allow us to build four classrooms for children in southern Morocco.

The initial project was focused on two sites:

  • Tiharyine, where two classrooms would be built near the Merzouga dunes;
  • Rissani, where two further classrooms would be built at a large, central school.

The project to build the two classrooms that were initially planned at the Rissani School was delayed until a later date by the National Educational Ministry.  We therefore decided to shift our focus to the Haroun School, located in a small village on the outskirts of Rissani, and another site in need to of our assistance.

Laetitia Chevallier, chief executive of the Enfants du désert charity, visited the site every month to monitor the progress of the projects.

During her absence, the building projects were managed by Rachid and Saidi, our local representatives.

The two classrooms at the Haroun site are still being built.  The seven labourers who are responsible are hard at work and, in a month, the premises should officially open their doors to the children of the school.

Once again thanks a million to all the competitors in the 4L Trophy™ Rally.  Thanks to you, hundreds of children are now attending school in the best possible circumstances.  We owe you a debt of gratitude for your involvement!

Big thanks as well to the Rally organisers for their faithful commitment in all our different projects and for their invaluable support!

              
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The charitable aspect of the 4L TROPHY™ leads, each year, to several tons of school equipment being delivered to help Moroccan primary school children and, since 2013, has allowed fifteen new classrooms to be built.  The operation is organised in partnership with the “Enfants du désert” charity, and the “donation ceremony” is one of the emotional highlights of the rally.  For more information, please visit the charity’s official website: Enfants du désert.

              
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Enfants du Désert – 10 years

              
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The ambassador’s day 2018

 

And if it was you ?

Each year Enfant du désert organize the Ambassador’s day to allow 40 crew to live an amazing experience with childrens.

Schedule: visits of schools builed by the 4l trophy’s students, meeting and activities with childrens.

To be one of the 40 crew choosen you will need imagination , motivation and creativity to realize a project for the association and become a real ambassador!

You can pick one of the three:

–          Collect donations for the building of schools (sell of cakes or drinks, party, race..)

–          Making of an advertise for Enfants du Désert

–          Propose a game or an activity to play with children the day of the gifts’ ceremony.

 

You can Join Jéromine or Laetitia of Enfants Du Désert to get advices and informations about your projects ! !  jeromine@enfantsdudesert.org / asso@enfantsdudesert.org

To get ready your subscription you can click here, you will discover the questions asked In the subscription file.

Once you are ready, click here !

              
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Operation “Clean Desert”

Every day, one of the major challenges faced by the 4L TROPHY™ is to avoid leaving behind any traces of the bivouac once the teams have departed.  The competitors are therefore requested to comply with a few environmentally friendly measures, while a truck also follows the convoy throughout the rally in order to collect any rubbish that is left behind.

              
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Clean campsites

Ramassage des déchets sur les bivouacs - Raid 4L Trophy

Because we all love the desert and its landscapes, our commitment is to ensure that it is preserved as much as it can be.  That’s why we leave it as we found it – both in terms of the trails we use and the locations of our campsites.

It’s also basic good manners towards the Kingdom of Morocco, which is our host.

We are therefore pleased to be linked to the Pizzorno Environnement – Segedma Group, who arrange for a rubbish collection truck to follow the convoy from campsite to campsite, while biodegradable bags are provided to each team when they depart in the morning, then returned to the truck in the evening.

              
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Green Roads books

Roads Books - Raid 4L Trophy

In order to avoid using trees needlessly, the organisation has decided to print all road books on recycled paper.

With a print run of over 1,300 copies, this small booklet is the leading consumer of paper for the event.

              
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Biodegradable bags

Distribution de sacs Oxo - Raid 4L Trophy

Each crew is given a biodegradable plastic bag at the start of each stage.

This means not only that all of the competitors’ rubbish is collected but, in addition, any bags that might be left behind in the desert will break down naturally and quickly without any lasting impact on the natural environment.

              
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