Getting Fit While Having Fun

two girls in the marathon finish 

In cooperation with the organizers of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” was initiated in Visp (CH) and Basel (CH) in September 2015. 

In 2017 besides the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project extended also to cycling with the “Bärgüf”-event, where employees also supported the cancer foundation “Bärgüf” every time they reached the top of the mountain. Lonza contributed the first CHF 250 for each Lonza cyclist with the goal to collect at least CHF 1,000 by each participant. The money donated supported the “Bärgüf” organization, the aim of which is to actively fight cancer and give cancer patients new hope through solidarity.

 More than 300 participants from Lonza – including our CEO Richard Ridinger – participated in the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, which motivated Lonza to continue the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” in 2018.


Organizing an Annual Charity Golf Event

The Lonza Harvest Open is an annual charity golf tournament organized by volunteers from the Lonza site in Portsmouth, NH (USA). A fun event for organizers and attendees, it raises awareness and funding for specialized projects for local non-profit organizations in the Seacoast region of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. During the last 16 years, Lonza has raised more than $990,000 for 36 New Hampshire charities.

 

Providing New Sports Opportunities  

In 2018 Lonza Portsmouth started a multifaceted partnership with Seacoast United Sports Club, NH, USA, a youth sports organization that provides soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey and lacrosse to thousands of athletes across New England. Seacoast United believes in creating an environment where athletes of all ages and abilities can enjoy the sport that they love. The Club currently has eleven facilities across three states and has a profound impact on the towns and communities in the surrounding areas. As Lonza Portsmouth plays a significant role in the local community, the new partnership with Seacoast United will create a number of new opportunities for the people and families living in the area. 

Sponsoring the Lonza Arena in Visp

Lonza will be contributing CHF 3 million to the new ice and sports center in Visp, which will officially be named Lonza Arena for the next 20 years. The new sports center will be the home of the EHC Visp and have a capacity of 5,000 spectators.