OTP Charity Tour: More than 16,000 km cycled for emergency flights

OTP Charity Tour: More than 16,000 km cycled for emergency flights


The second edition of the charitable cycling tour was organized by OTP Bank Romania in benefit of the children supported by the Blondie Association

Bucharest, May 22, 2023: More than 16,000 km were cycled by the 60 bikers registered for the second edition of the OTP Charity Tour, organized by OTP Bank Romania in support of Blondie Association’s cause.


OTP Charity Tour, held under the motto “Pedal on the road to pink!”, attracted over 80 amateur and semi-amateur cyclists at the start line, more than half of whom are employees of OTP Bank Romania. They started on Friday, May 19, on a route of 319 km from Bucharest – Nicolae Minovici Museum (start) – Sărata Monteoru – Vălenii de Munte – Academia Titi Aur (finish).

„The impact of this project goes beyond the funds raised and demonstrates that we can, in the community, bring hope to those who need us. And because of this, our target was a huge one: the lifes of children who depend on a flight to be treated abroad and receive a chance to live. The spirit of community, determination, and compassion defined this tour. Together, we rode over 16.000 km, overcoming challenges and embracing the joy of cycling. I express my heartfelt gratitude to every participant who pedalled to raise donations and spread awareness for this noble cause.”, said Gyula Fatér, CEO of OTP Bank Romania and ambassador of the event.

“The kilometers they covered in this charity tour save children that have no other chance at life. Every time we lift up a plane, this is how our story begins, with one euro added on top another euro. And the fact that we succeeded today means that humanity is what keeps people alive. On behalf of the children who fly to the sky and back, we thank you for being on the road to pink and for giving these children the chance to have a lot of pink in their lives again.”, said Adelina Toncean, Founder of the Blondie Association.

The OTP Charity Tour was divided into three special stages, with the longest distance being covered on the first day of the competition, where participants traveled 123 km and had to overcome level differences of up to 400 meters.

The third and final stage of the competition, with a distance of 104 km, ended on Sunday, May 21, with a platoon sprint to the finish line set at the Titi Aur Academy.

The objective of the OTP Charity Tour was realized in more than 16,000 kilometers pedaled together, so that at the end of the competition, OTP Bank Romania donated 1 euro for every kilometer traveled for the cause of the Blondie Association.

The sports partner, Master Ski & Bike Club, provided safety monitoring on the route, hydration stations and repair and service activities for the participants’ bikes during the event. The Titi Aur Academy hosted the finish event, where the award ceremony took place. The starting moment was hosted by the Folk Art Museum “Prof. Dr. Nicolae Minovici” from Bucharest, as a cultural partner.

The charity cycling tour is part of the actions with positive social impact implemented by OTP Bank Romania, within the bank’s ESG strategy, pursuing its role as a responsible social actor in the community. More details about the event can be found on the dedicated OTP Charity Tour page here.

About OTP Bank Romania

OTP Bank Romania is the subsidiary of OTP Group, a universal bank with a very good presence in Central and Eastern Europe, which offers complete financial solutions, being active in both the retail and corporate segments. After four years of constant and considerable growth in all business lines, OTP Bank Romania is moving towards a process of consolidating its portfolio and operations. With a team that embraces change and capitalizes on its potential, OTP Bank Romania builds a culture of trust at every level of the organization. In Romania, the members of the OTP Group are OTP Bank Romania, OTP Consulting, OTP Leasing, OTP Asset Management, OTP Factoring, OTP Advisors and the OTP Bank Romania Foundation.

About Asociația Blondie

For 3 years now, Asociația Blondie has been providing medical flights to transport all children who urgently need to reach a hospital outside the country because the disease they suffer from cannot be treated in Romania. Since the first flight on March 27, 2020, more than 400 children with serious conditions have safely arrived at hospitals abroad so that their lives could be saved.

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