Compasses to developing countries

Posted on | July 1, 2011 | Category: News

Photo: Swedish Orienteering Federation

We have come a long way since 1961 – from 10 founding members to 73 member federations – and we would not have managed this well without helping each other on the way. The more established orienteering nations have always been there to support the developing nations. This time we all can help, regardless of age, position, or home country!

To celebrate the 50 years of the IOF, we aim to collect (at least) 500 compasses during this summer. These compasses will be sent to developing orienteering countries all over the world.

To succeed in this project we need your help: if you aim to attend the World Orienteering Championships or the O’Festival ERDF Savoie Grand Revard in France either as a competitor or a spectator, please bring your old compasses with you to the event. There will be compass collection stations at both events. Or if you know someone who is going to France in August, send your spare compasses with him/her to help the orienteers in the younger orienteering nations. You can write a greeting – or at least the name of your home country – on a piece of paper to go with the compass.

In addition to compasses, also pin punches and control flags are much appreciated equipment in the new nations.

If you want to help, but are not going to France, you can send your contribution directly to the IOF Secretariat: IOF, Radiokatu 20, 00093 SLU, Finland.

The result of the compass campaign, as well as follow-up stories on where the compasses ended up, will be published on the IOF website.

For more information, please contact Assistant Secretary General Anna Zeelig.

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