From left: Florence Labatut, Nigel Fielding, Graciela Riego, Candice Bechet and Hugo Bechet, volunteers fundraising at the Spicy3 waffle stand, in Luxembourg City-Centre, 5 December 2017. Photo: Spicy3/Nigel Fielding
A group of hearty volunteers, including the former head of HSBC in Luxembourg, staffed a waffle stand on Tuesday to raise money for a children’s charity.
Spicy 3’s stand was part of the Marché Solidaire (solidarity market) in Grand-Rue, in the capital.
Delano heard about the endeavor on 6 December from two of the volunteers: Nigel Fielding, the retired banking executive, and Graciela Riego, who works at Clearstream.
Aaron Grunwald: What is the name of the charity you’re raising money for?
Nigel Fielding: Spicy 3, an association that organises a triathlon that raises money for L’hymne aux Enfants, a foundation that helps seriously ill children in Burkina Faso. The next triathlon is planned for 16 September 2018. It requires teams of three people and one of the three team members must be disabled (mental, physical or sensory disability). Each team commits to raising a minimum of €1,500. The collected funds are given to the foundation L’hymne aux Enfants.
Why are you supporting this organisation?
Nigel Fielding: For the three values the organisation is promoting: sport, celebration and solidarity. Solidarity is a particularly galvanising value as there is:
Solidarity between team members, because Spicy 3 is not a relay. All three members walk through the three steps of the triathlon (swim, bike and run). Mutual aid is thus very important.
Solidarity from the supporters. People who help the teams by giving them money, but also supporting them all through the challenge.
Solidarity from all the people working as volunteers. With the teams and the sponsors, they make such an event possible.
And of course, solidarity with children who live in great poverty and suffer from diseases like noma or cancer and couldn’t be treated without the action of foundations like L’hymne aux Enfants.
How did you decide on making waffles as a fundraiser?
Nigel Fielding: A friend of mine, who participated in Spicy3 in 2016 and 2017, asked me to join her fundraising team to sell waffles at a chalet on the Grand-Rue in Luxembourg City. She has created 6 teams and the [profits] from selling the waffles will help them achieve the €1,500 fundraising required per team for the next Spicy3 edition which is scheduled for 16 September 2018.
What is the standout memory from the fundraising day?
Nigel Fielding: The smiling faces on a party of very young Luxembourg school children who were out with their teachers, who stopped and the teachers bought waffles for all the children (and themselves)!
What do you want Delano readers to know about the event in September?
Graciela Riego: You don’t need to be a professional sportsman or woman to take part in the Spicy3 triathlon. You just need to be a little trained for the three steps (500 meters swimming, 24 kilometres biking and 6 kilometers running). What matters more is to enjoy the challenge and engage in sport under different circumstances; to have in mind that all is possible, and never give up! For companies, it’s a good way of team building in a fun way, and an opportunity to promote great values internally and externally.
Update: The picture captions in a previous version of this article misidentified a volunteer’s name. This was corrected on 6 December at 11:30am.In addition, an interview answer was misattributed. This was corrected on 6 December at 3:45pm.