The engines are silent at the moment. There’s no motor racing for Giorgio Maggi. It’s the winter break, but that doesn’t mean he can put up his feet and relax. There’s no let-up for the young Swiss talent even at this time of the year when it’s cold outside. The 20-year-old racing driver’s time is taken up with his studies when he’s not jetting off around the globe to the world’s most prestigious racetracks.
Apart from studying, he also takes time out to pursue a cause that is very dear to his heart. As an ambassador for the Swiss Children’s Foundation, he campaigns on behalf of the over 300,000 children who live in poverty in his native Switzerland. He was out working for the Foundation’s benefit on Sunday, 14th January 2018, at a special day for families organised in conjunction with EHC Kloten ice hockey club. Collection boxes had been strategically placed everywhere in the Swiss Arena near Zurich where the club were facing off against HC Friborg-Gottéron, and Giorgio was there to beat the drum for the Foundation.
The successful motor racing driver has already pencilled in his next assignment to help the children on the last weekend of January. The Savognin Bergbahnen AG mountain railway company is organising a charity event for the Swiss Children’s Foundation in the village of Savognin where skis can also be tried out there for free thanks to support from prominent partners. A charity event will take place in the Tigignas mountain restaurant that same evening. Presenter Nicole Bircher will lead the proceedings and Voice of Switzerland contestant Shem Thomas has been booked to sing a couple of sets. Giorgio will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the Foundation and talk about his experiences as a racing driver.
“I love to help the Children in Switzerland Foundation when I’m not competing in races during the winter and my studies allow it,” said Giorgio. “I’ve been very lucky in my life to be able to fulfil my dream of being a racing driver, so I want to spread some of the joy around and help the many children, to whom life has not been so kind. Seeing the children’s eyes light up and sparkle is almost as good as winning a race.”