In its second iteration, this year's SEBA CZ Scholarship recipient, Patrick Wachira (Delaware, 2019) successfully completed the challenge to cycle around Lac Léman in one day.
A dedicated team of students and staff joined Patrick to complete what has become a traditional challenge of the recipients of the SEBA CZ Scholarship Fund. This challenge is particularly noteworthy as most students in the group had little cycling experience. This would be the longest any of them had ever cycled. Patrick only learned to ride a bike during his first year at Aiglon! Patrick and the staff and students undertaking this endeavor were joined by Seba's mother, Mme Fiorina Zavanelli, and alumnus Kevin de Tscharner (Belvedere, 1995) who cycled portions and encouraged the group throughout the day.
Beginning early in the morning from Villeneuve, the group set out toward the French border and passed through Evian. Despite a few challenging setbacks with punctured tires and some minor falls, the group arrived in good time to Geneva. Lunch was generously sponsored by Manuel Varenne, a friend of the Zavanelli family.
The day's gorgeous weather made it difficult to carry on with full stomachs, but the group was hardly halfway around the lake. The fear of rain had dissipated leaving a beautiful and hot afternoon to continue northward passing through Nyon, Lausanne and the other small villages of Vaud.
The group finished later than imagined, but everyone completed the challenge successfully! To ride the 180km around Lac Léman is no small feat. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Donations in support of this challenge have raised over CHF 4,700 for the fund. If you know Patrick, knew Seba Calleri-Zavanelli, or just want to support the amazing opportunities offered by this fund, then it is not too late to give. You can continue to support the Seba CZ Scholarship Fund, marked for the Lac Léman Challenge here.
Seba recognised how the Aiglon experience shaped him. Before his untimely death on Mount Kenya, he expressed his desire to make quality education available to students from challenged backgrounds but gifted with intelligence and motivation. His former employer, the private equity firm AEA, made a significant donation to Aiglon paving the way for the scholarship that now bears his name. Seba's family and friends have continued to build the fund with tenacity.