In November 2012 the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation held its sixth Laureus Charity Night, raising a record CHF 444,000 to help disadvantaged children in Switzerland.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was co-founded by several Swiss institutions, including IWC Schauffhausen. The Foundation is focused on providing socially, economically, and physically disabled children and adolescents in Switzerland with the opportunity to participate in sports that they might not otherwise have.
Laureus Charity Night 2012 was the Foundation’s sixth annual fundraiser, and the event was well-attended by 600 guests who included international sports stars such as US swimmer Mark Spitz and personalities from the arts and business worlds. Laureus Ambassadors such as the Olympic winners Nicola Sprig and Edith Hunkeler-Wolf were also present. The British singer Lisa Stansfield entertained the guests, receiving standing ovations for her performance of the hit songs “All Around the World” and “Change.”
Other events at the Charity Night included a benefit auction. Among the prizes auctioned off were :
- a trip to the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held in sunny Rio de Janeiro
- a sailing cruise with explorer and adventurer Mike Horn, famous for his solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle in 2014
- a passenger’s seat in the Mille Miglia, a famous open road endurance race,
- three starting tickets for the Tortour 2013, a nonstop cycling challenge that circles Switzerland
- a unique, one-of-a-kind timepiece created by IWC Schauffhausen specifically to be auctioned off at the event
The IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Laureus Charity Night Edition, as the watch is called, is a unique timepiece with an elegant dark blue and platinum design. The watch’s face displays both date and month in digital form, and the open case back puts the internal rotor on display as a Spitfire silhouette. As a reminder of its origin this special edition watch is engraved with the worlds “Laureus Charity Night Zurich 2012” and the limited edition number of “1/1”. This watch raised an impressive CHF 140,000 in the auction.
We applaud IWC Schauffhausen for their commitment to the Laureus Foundation and its philosophy that sport has the power to change the lives of young people for the better.