It's an adventure that began in March 2021. Jeanne, then a Bac 2 student, launched the idea of taking part in the 4L Trophy: "I have always dreamed of taking part in a humanitarian project! The 4L Trophy is quite well known in France and many schools take part. I thought it would be nice to do it at the University of Namur, with a pair of students who don't know each other at first. To ensure that all students had the chance to participate, the selection was made on the basis of applications.
To finance the project, the students were able to count on the support of numerous sponsors. Among them, the Belgian artist Woshone donated two paintings, which were sold for the benefit of the team. The sale of biscuits and pens, student barbecues and other donations enabled them to collect 10 kilos of foodstuffs and school and sports supplies, which will be given to the 4L Trophy's partner associations. The aim of these donations is to enable more than 260,000 children to have access to education.
Initially scheduled for February 2022, the 25th edition of the 4L Trophy had to be postponed due to the health crisis. The UNamurois team will then start the adventure one year later, on 16 February, from Biarritz. They will join more than 1,800 crews to cross Spain, before reaching the Mediterranean Sea by boat. Once on Moroccan soil, donations, marathons, bivouacs and orienteering races will await our adventurers.
Not only a race...
Alongside the rally, 20 crews could take part in the "Ambassadors' Day". How did they do it? By showing creativity and carrying out a fun activity for the schoolchildren in the desert. By proposing a tic-tac-toe game to be transported, our two students were selected among the candidates. They will then go to a school, for a day, to lead this activity with about forty pupils aged 10, who will each leave with their own game set.