We are pleased to announce the creation of the charitable association, Verbier4All whose purpose is to work towards the inclusion for all in the activities that take place in Verbier and the mountains that surround it.
By providing access to the necessary equipment and trained ‘buddies’, by working closely with Téléverbier, the tourist office and local businesses, we aim to ensure that anyone, regardless of physical or visual deficit, can access the mountains all year round.
Verbier4All has already received the backing of Téléverbier which is now actively planning to make its infrastructures more user-friendly for people with a physical or visual deficit. Téléverbier has stated that some improvements will already be apparent this summer.
Verbier4All is the result of a long-cherished dream of Valérie Vaucher and Annick Meystre.
Upon meeting Bethan Drinkall and her team from Ski4All Wales, it became apparent that the moment was right to put their combined expertise, experience and love for Verbier to work. With the addition of the Belgian father of a disabled skier, the association’s composition truly reflects Verbier’s international identity, with members from Switzerland, Britain, and Belgium, making this a truly cross-border undertaking.
Verbier4All plans to establish a library of adaptive equipment based in the heart of Verbier for the legitimate use of all for a nominal charge designed to cover maintenance and repairs. The association also aims to facilitate the creation of and access to a pool of qualified buddies.
It is the aim of Verbier4All’s founders that the association be staffed entirely by volunteers and all funds raised go directly to support the association’s activities.
The next few months will see Verbier4All fundraising to purchase equipment for this winter. Further information will shortly be available on www.verbier4all.ch
Valérie Vaucher, President of Verbier4All has a vast experience of running sporting organisations. She has two children, one of whom has a genetic neurodegenerative disease. valerie@verbier4all
Bethan Drinkall, Vice President Is the chair and founder of adaptive ski charity, Ski4All Wales and a specialist neurological physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience in neurological rehabilitation. She runs weekly adaptive ski sessions and has over 10 years’ practical experience of organising adaptive ski trips to Verbier.
Annick Meystres, Technical Manager is a well-known expert in the field of paraplegic sport in Switzerland and runs DéfiSports Association with her husband Serge. She is also on the executive committee of Swiss Paraplegic Sports Association.
François de Borchgrave, Responsable Fundraising, papa de deux enfants dont un garçon atteint d’un handicap. françois@verbier4all