On Sunday morning, 162 people tried to climb the 466 steps of the Sheraton hotel in Brussels as quickly as possible – that’s 30 floors. Omar Bekkali won the race, in 1 minute and 54 seconds. The first woman, Marion Raballand, took 3 minutes and 11 seconds.
The profits of the “Stair-Climbing-race”, including the 18 euros registration fee, will be given to Unicef for drinking water projects in Africa and the Far East.
It’s a way for the Starwood hotel chain, which Sheraton is part of, to support the humanitarian organisation. As well as the race, guests at the 370 hotels all over the world can add a dollar or a euro to their bill, via the program “Check Out For Children”. Over the last 20 years, 35 million dollars have been raised, which will allow Unicef to help 4.5 million children in 40 countries.