Team Evolution raises £1250 for THPP!

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We were delighted when the guys and girls over at Team Evolution - an alpine training organisation offering flexible educational and athletic programmes for young people - chose The Happy Place Project as one of the charities that would benefit from their annual Charity Run on the 11th April. And we were blown away when they announced that they’d managed to raise a whopping £1250 for us after the event!

Pro wakeboarder and alpine ski and snowboard coach Will Manns nominated The Happy Place Project as a possible beneficiary and made a pitch on our behalf (cheers, Will!). The juniors voted to split the proceeds between THHP and Heads Together, another charity dedicated to raising ending the stigma around mental health. Of course, it goes without saying that we were super-proud to share a platform with this amazing organisation!

The challenge was pretty epic - a 42km run starting in Reiteralm Bergbahnen, then Altenmarkt im Pongau up to Zauchensee Skiparadies, and then finally back down to their training base in Radstadt. The teenage athletes, teachers and coaches all took part, covering a vertical up/down of 1666 metres and burning a staggering 10,322 calories!

Team Evolution’s work with talented young alpine athletes is utterly commendable; they go beyond the times and finishing places of their young charges and focus on the development of the individual on and off the slopes. Education and teamwork are prioritised alongside athletic performance, and the coaches work to develop core qualities such as resilience, risk-taking and dedication in the pursuit of all-round excellence. Top work, we think you’ll agree.

And get this - not only did the athletes and coaches put themselves through some significant pain, in true THHP style they also designed a fetching range of t-shirts to run in - just check out the video on their Facebook page!

So what will we be doing with this generous donation? Well, we’ll be continuing our work of helping young people find an outlet for their mental health issues and a way to build their self-esteem through snowsports. What does that look like in practical terms? Giving young people training opportunities, putting money towards training trips abroad and buying equipment for those who can’t afford it.

Huge thanks to Team Evolution - we think you’re phenomenal!