New York Marathon: Cathy Hummels and Franca Lehfeldt running for the Ralf Rangnick Foundation

Celebrity duo put up for auction: Cathy Hummels and Franca Lehfeldt are running in the New York Marathon for auto.de and the Ralf Rangnick Foundation


Two for one good purpose: Michael Klemmer, Leipzig entrepreneur, and Ralf Rangnick, veteran coach and former sports director of RB Leipzig, together bought a sporting package at auction for a total of EUR 100,000 at a charity golf event last Saturday. Influencer Cathy Hummels, wife of football world champion Mats Hummels, and Franca Lehfeldt, RTL reporter and partner of FDP head Christian Lindner, will be taking part in the New York Marathon on 3 November 2019 – they sold the advertising rights to the whole jersey at auction to the highest bidder.

In a head-to-head race, both Klemmer and Rangnick bid for the sought-after space on the shirts of the two runners – in the end, the competitive donors agreed on a fair gentlemen’s deal: The hammer fell on the joint bid in the amount of EUR 100,000 for the benefit of the foundation "RTL - Wir helfen Kindern" (kids charity organisation), while the attractive sponsor spaces were divided fairly. 

Ralf Rangnick spontaneously announced that he would be supporting Hummels and Lehfeldt and cheering them on in person on 3 November in New York. This is a cause close to my heart because just like the Ralf Rangnick Foundation, Cathy and Franca are doing something for the good of children, said Ralf Rangnick. If my schedule permits, of course I will be there. 

Michael Klemmer has also marked his diary for 3 November to actively support Cathy and Franca in person. The focus is the idea of doing something good. Ralf and I agreed that as Leipzig partners, together we could achieve even more. A great project, which is why the donation amount per kilometre run will be pumped up by EUR 100, said Michael Klemmer. 

Franca and Cathy are overwhelmed by the success of the auction. Two friends, one goal: We want to make our contribution towards helping children in need. The huge donation sum gives a solid tailwind for 3 November on the east coast, and is of course an additional motivation to continue training with full commitment in the coming months! We will donate the final sum to “RTL Wir helfen Kindern!”, said Franca. As a mother, the most important thing is seeing children laughing and making them happy. Every child deserves happiness. Unfortunately, it is precisely that that some do not have, and that’s why I am devoting myself to this cause, added Cathy.