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Mike, from Hoogwein, ran the New York Marathon for Kika and is already preparing for the next race in Chicago. He sells mini Christmas trees for charity at the end of November

Mike Van Buffelen from Hoogwein has just returned from the US where he ran the New York Marathon. He’s already gearing up for the next one in Chicago to raise money for the Giga Foundation. If all goes well, he’ll also run Berlin, London, Tokyo and Boston.

On Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November he will be selling Konigas, miniature Christmas trees, for charity. “The trees are 80 centimeters and cost €10 each and are available with and without snow,” says Mike. ,, Of course the income benefits Giga. There is even a company that has already bought 80 trees!

Together with around 80 runners from all over the Netherlands, Mike raised more than 600,000 euros for the children’s cancer-free foundation KiKa with his first marathon.

Local sponsored runs

In addition to marathons, Mike Hoogwein likes to organize sponsored walks in primary schools. The goal is to raise €15,000. “Further investigation has shown that money is needed. Giga pointed out that the cure rate has risen from 75 percent to 81 percent in the last three years.

It’s clear that he has a huge crush on Giga, and not without reason. ,, I come from a deep valley. I had post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) and sought help for it. Mentally and physically it is not what it should be. But I don’t give up. Then I think of children who are terminally ill with cancer. They cannot give up. That is why it is better to devote myself to them. I hope my fellow Hugueners do too. So, I invite everyone to come to Tamborpassage on November 24th, 25th and 26th to buy a Konica and support Giga.

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