In March 1999, Breitling Orbiter 3 won the last great aeronautical challenge of the 20th century: a nonstop round-the-world hot-air balloon flight. Breitling was associated in this amazing endeavor with a pair of dedicated pilots, Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones from England. The brand played a leading role in this exceptional feat by setting up a team of experts, supporting the construction of the high-tech Rozier balloon and by maintaining strong involvement throughout all stages of preparation and the flight itself. That same year, as a means of prolonging this magnificent scientific and human adventure, Breitling and the two balloonists created Winds of Hope with the aim of supporting humanitarian projects. Since then, the foundation’s efforts have focused essentially on the fight against noma, a devastatingly gangrenous and all too often fatal disease that mostly strikes children from poor countries, but which may be effectively treated if diagnosed early enough. Over the past ten years, Winds of Hope has contributed in particular to funding several national programs to fight noma in various countries of Africa.