Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a gala dinner on Friday night at the Yacht Club de Monaco for the upcoming Riviera Water Bike Challenge, an event that will be organised in part by his wife, Princess Charlene.
The gala dinner was hosted by Jo-Ann Strauss, a South African television personality and UNICEF Ambassador, and the Garçons Chics, Capital Collective and South African Cenestra Male Choir provided musical entertainment.
Alongside Prince Albert, other guests included his father- and brother-in-law Michael and Gareth Wittstock; Georges Marsan, the mayor of Monaco; Frédéric Platini, Secretary General of the Monaco Red Cross; and Judah Schiller, creator of the Schiller water bikes.
The gala dinner’s live and silent auctions raised €266,150 for the challenge.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge will be a 21-kilometre relay race from the Port of Nice to the Monaco Yacht Club. Forty competitors will compete as ten teams, pedalling Schiller S1 water bikes (an average speed is eight kilometres-per-hour), and each team will consist of two sports personalities and two amateurs. The amateurs were chosen by raffle at the gala dinner.
A test run will take place in April at the Monaco Yacht Club.
The Riviera Water Bike Challenge takes place on 4 June, and all proceeds will go to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation – working with the Monaco Red Cross and the Burkina Faso Red Cross – to move the Monegasque Pavilion currently located at the Milan World Expo to a new location in Loumbila, Burkina Faso, and renovate it into an aquatic rescue centre and First Aid training complex.
Water safety programmes and swimming lessons will also be offered at the new complex.
Princess Charlene’s foundation has made these issues the cornerstone of her work – the organisation’s three missions are to “raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventative measures, and teach them to swim.”