16 children saved during the Tour de France: THANK YOU!

Every year since 2003, Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque has taken to the road in the Tour de France to conduct various fundraising operations to finance heart surgery for children around the world. This year, our goal was to raise enough money to give 16 children the heart surgery that will change their lives and it was a success thanks to everyone's support, THANK YOU!

Many of you are asking how we can save children by being present on the Tour de France. It's simply thanks to a lot of work by our teams, but also and above all thanks to a great surge of generosity from partners, stage towns, volunteers and the public! This is why the key word for this 2021 edition is: THANK YOU.

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THANK YOU for participating in The Big Drive

12,000 is needed to finance a child's heart operation. In such a particular crisis context, raising 16 times this amount is no mean feat. Thanks to donations from the public, partners and local authorities hosting the race, we have succeeded in reaching the objective of La Grande Collecte du Tour de France ! THANK YOU to everyone, it is a great victory that we share with you.

THANK YOU to our ambassadors at the Heart's Stage

A not-to-be-missed event, the "Étape du Cœur" is carried out by our ambassadors in order to promote the Association in the media. Once again this year, we were able to count on the support of a happy band of celebrities who gave their time for the children and pedalled on the time trial course between the towns of Changé and Laval in Mayenne.

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They were present in this beautiful and supportive peloton:

Claude Dartois and Laurent Maistret, Koh-Lanta adventurers - Samantha Davies, sailor on the Initiatives-Cœur boat - Paul Belmondo, Dounia Coesens and Philippe Lelièvre, actors - Marine Lorphelin, Miss France 2013 - Satya Oblette, model - Cartman, Cartman, comedian and radio host - Inès Vandamme, professional dancer "Danse avec les Stars" - Roger Legeay, Alexandre Henrard, Franck Cammas, Maxime Sorel, sportsmen and women - Justine Hutteau - Lolo Cochet, motorcyclist and Youtubeur - Lauren-Eric Lelay, Director of Sports at France Télévisions

THANK YOU to E.Leclerc and the participants of the Summits of the Heart

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For the past 3 years, E.Leclerchas been a partner of the Tour de Francehas been supporting children with heart disease through the "E.Leclerc Heart Summits" event. In the villages where the event takes place, the general public is invited to pedal on a tandem bike in front of a screen showing them climbing Mont Ventoux. E.Leclerc then translates the efforts made into euros to increase the counter of La Grande Collecte.

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THANK YOU for the publicity caravan

Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque travels the roads of the Grand Loop thanks to the presence of 3 vehicles in the caravan and a team of volunteer caravanners. From the vehicles to the goodies, including the caravanners' outfits and accommodation, everything is offered or lent to us by our kind-hearted partners who allow us to be present in the caravan every year.

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New in 2021: the Patronage caravan is expanding and integrating the "Merci truck", a truck positioned every day on the course to thank all those who help children during the event.

A huge THANK YOU to all of you for having put your shirt on for these 16 children who will soon benefit from a heart operation!

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