The Paralympic and world champion of the hand bike and the young athlete of the Paralympic fencing will run together at the Venicemarathon next 27th October
Great results of the charity projects obtained last year at the marathon

Mestre – 10th September 2013 – This morning a press conference took place at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mestre to introduce the results of the charity projects Bimbingamba, Run for Water-Run for Life, Run to End Polio and Venice In Peril but also a special occasion to call Alessandro Zanardi to engage. All this was going on while the 27th October is coming up quickly, day in which the 28th Venicemarathon takes place.

In 2011 Alex Zanardi pulled Francesco Canali affected by ALS, last year he pushed with the strength of his arms the quadriplegic Eric Fontanari, this year the Paralympic champion and the new world champion of the hand bike will run the 28th Venicemarathon together with the young Bebe Vio, Paralympic fencing champion and sponsor of the marathon. Bebe called Alex to engage in this new challenge and Zanardi, a man who has a heart of gold, agreed without hesitation. How they will face the bridges, the narrow streets in Venice and the canals has not been decided yet but the challenge is on!

Great results were achieved by the association Alex Zanardi Bimbingamba, thanks to the funds raised last year at the Venicemarathon. His association was able to supply 5 children with kinetics prosthesis.

Also the results obtained by Africa Mission Cooperazione e Sviluppo and their project Run for Water-Run for Life were important. In short time this association will dig a new drinking water well and restore 3 water springs in the Ugandan region of Karamoja reaching since 2006 to date a total of 14 water wells and 8 restored wells.

The Rotary Club Venezia Riviera del Brenta and the 2060 Rotary District are very satisfied as well as the funds raised with the selling of the charity bib numbers were used to support the project End Polio Now, the mission realized to eradicate the polio in the world.

The Venice in Peril Fund is the association which helps the restoration of Venice and its monuments, buildings and works of art. The money raised by last year's marathon is going towards the conservation of the Canova Monument in the Basilica of S. M. Gloriosa dei Frari.

The new charity partner of Venicemarathon this year is Walk of Life by Telethon, this project raises funds to help children affected by genetic diseases who are waiting for treatments

"We are proud of being here to introduce to you all the results of the funds collected during last year's marathon – says the President of Venicemarathon Piero Rosa Salva – Solidarity is part of our history. We have always supported charitable purposes. we were one of the first events to be connected to a charity association, we started with Unicef over 20 years ago and in the following years we sustained different projects. Sport and solidarity is an important and essential union for us and we are very glad to welcome a new partner such as Telethon."

The importance of the union between sport and solidarity, especially when talking of disability, has been confirmed by Bebe Vio, testimonial of the association art4sport. Bebe and her association help the dreams of young athletes with prosthesis come true. The fencing champion and her team "art4sport" will run at the Family Run in Mestre, the non competitive race for students and families and collateral event of the Venicemarathon.

The solidarity marathon goes on with the 28th edition of Venicemarathon. As last year the organizing committee has reserved 1,000 out of the 8,000 bib numbers for the projects Run For Water-Run For Life, Alex Zanardi Bimbingamba and Walk of Life.