Team Milram has donated 3,575 Euro to the "SOS Kinderdorf" charity, to support a home for handicapped children in Jorpati, Nepal.
Part of the funds came from the team's kitty, in which riders paid "fines" over the season for such "crimes" as being late or having their mobile phone ring during team meetings, according to team manager Gerry van Gerwen.
"For us as a team this is a good solution, that the money we paid for our own transgression be used for charity," said team captain Christian Knees. "It is important for a professional athlete to know what is happening outside of his sport and to be open to help people who don't have it so good."
"SOS Kinderdorf" is a worldwide children's charity. The home in Jorpati, near Katmandu, cares for physically and mentally handicapped children and helps prepare them for an independent future.