Since 16 September 2001, Austrian Moto Cross driver Ronni Großkopf has been paralysed from the fourth cervical downwards. With a tombola of the WHSF and a mobile playing table, accompanied by Casino Velden, a donation sum of ATS 93,000.- (€ 6,759.-) was collected at the opening of the vita-life® EU headquarters. The sum, as well as an MRS 2000+, enabled Großkopf to make an easier start towards a future worth living.
The vita-life® European headquarters were opened in Velden during a great spectacle. 400 invited guests from the fields of sports, culture and politics were personally welcomed and invited to a tour of the EU headquarters by Ingrind Brandstöttner, Mario Hintermayer and Andreas Günther.
The vita-life® WHSF was partner of the Eagles Charity Cup. The event was held in memory of the deceased actor Klaus Wennemann. The “Eagles” are a golf association of famous personalities. The vita-life® WHSF supported the event with a donation in the amount of DM 35,000.- (€ 17,895.-). The Klaus Wennemann Foundation benefited from the revenues.
The 2nd WHSP gala in Seefeld passed off under the motto “Come together”. The highlight of the event was the auction of the Wiesmann Roadster "Edition Special Olympics Monaco". We were able to welcome many celebrity guests at the gala evening. Among the guests were Dame Shirley Bassey, Madame Calmes , Ilie Nastase, Lou Bega, Juliette, Frankie Fredericks, Michaela Dorfmeister and Andreas Wecker. The evening was hosted by Formula 1 commentator Kai Ebel.
The vita-life® WHSF has been supporting apnoe diver Pierre Frolla since August 2001. He is the only Monegasque holding a world record at the time being. For this reason, he has cult status in Monaco. Since he has been supported by vita-life® WHSF, he has improved his own world record twice. The Monegasque is a welcome guest at vita-life® WHSF events.
The vita-life® WHSF was partner of the Celebrity Triathlon in Monte Carlo in June 2001. Personalities such as Prince Albert of Monaco, Jutta Kleinschmidt, Christoph Sieber, Jutta Kraushaar, Christian Reich or Frankie Fredericks were only some of the well-known participants.
The vita-life® WHSF was partner of the European Disabled Golf Championship in Marienweiher. The European Golf Championship took place in Germany for the first time. The 16 participant nations were all equipped with an MRS 2000+ by the vita-life® WHSF. The national trainer of the German National Team Anthony Netto has become a successful Ambassador of the vita-life® WHSF in the meantime.
Before the start for qualifying, Bernie Ecclestone drove a round with the Wiesmann Roadster on the race track of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Subsequently, he explained the project and the idea of Special Olympics Monaco to the impressed audience. In parallel, the vita-life® WHSF had invited celebrity athletes, such as Sven Hannawald, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, Jutta Kleinschmidt, Renate Götschl and the World Sports Award organiser Hubert Neupert to visit us in Monaco, so that we could also introduce the Foundation's idea to them.
During the semi-finale of the Monte Carlo Open, the first big public appearance of the Wiesmann Roadster took place after the presentation. The highlight was the presence of the French Pop legend Jonny Halliday. Prince Albert of Monaco explained, before numerous journalists, the significance of the Wiesmann Roadster for Special Olympics Monaco to Halliday.
Upon the wish of Prince Albert of Monaco, the vita-life® WHSF became involved with the International Medical Congress of sports doctors in Monte Carlo. Organiser of the event is dr. Patrick Couvert, tournament doctor of the Monte Carlo Open and personal medical advisor of Prince Albert.
The vita-life® WHSF was partner of the charity football game between the “Star Team for Children”, lead by Prince Albert and the Formula 1 stars with Michael Schumacher as captain, in Monte Carlo for the first time. A mountain bike, which had been donated by vita-life® WHSF, was raffled in the half-time break of the game. The fundraiser game aired live on the TV channel Eurosport.
On the behalf of vita-life® WHSF, Mario Hintermayer and Max Bänninger donated two MRS 2000+ to the A.M.A.P.E.I. home for the disabled. The project stands under the personal auspices of Princess Stephanie of Monaco. More than 50 disabled persons are cared for at this day care centre.
The vita-life® WHSF is partner of the World Sports Award Foundation. Extraordinary events took place in 2000 in Vienna and in 2001 in the London Royal Albert Hall. Personalities such as Muhammed Ali and Roger Moore were guests and received an MRS 2000+ from the vita-life® WHSF, for the support of their health.
At the Monte Carlo Rally, the vita-life® WHSF presented the Wiesmann Roadster in the Monegasque country colours. The car, which attracts great interest with every appearance, became the first official WHSF Ambassador. The “beauty“ was already in the centre of several TV shows and newspaper reports. In October 2000, during the 2nd WHSP, the car was auctioned for DM 300,000.- (€ 153,388.-). The revenue from the auction financed 100 per cent of the Special Olympics European Swimming Championships in Monaco.