Just popped out for a bike ride!
Like many people, Jeremy Reed came across SOS Children’s Villages through an internet search for a children’s charity to support. So when he set off on a fundraising cycling tour from England to Australia (an incredible 15,000 miles), he didn’t know quite what to expect from our Villages along the way. Jeremy visited six SOS Villages in five countries on his route through Europe and Asia:
- Lekenik in Croatia
- Tbilisi in Georgia
- Ganja in Azerbaijan
- Luang Prabang in Laos
- Vientiane in Laos
- Semarang in Java, Indonesia
What he found at every single Village wowed him. “All the children I saw and met seemed happy and content,” he says. “I was immensely impressed by the standard of housing and the love and care given to all the children.”
But what impressed him the most was the matureand responsible attitude shown by the SOS children. “I was inspired by the values the children were taught,” he explained. “Respect and responsibility for themselves, the other children, the SOS mothers, the houses and the Village as a whole.”
So far, Jeremy’s incredible journey has enabled him to raise nearly £4,000 in support of SOS children. That’s what we call a cycling champion!
A record breaking swim
Ben Hooper, 37, is set to embark on a truly amazing challenge in aid of SOS Children’s Villages by attempting to swim 2,000 miles from Senegal, West Africa, to Brazil. If successful, Ben will be the first person in history to have swum across the Atlantic Ocean.
The endurance swimmer, from Cheltenham, will start his swim from Dakar Harbour in December 2015 and hopes to arrive in Natal, Northern Brazil, at the end of April 2016. Ben will swim at least 17 miles (24k) a day for up to 12 hours in a staged swim, tackling physical, mental and emotional challenges, enduring sharks, storms, currents, heat and discomfort. In between he will rest and receive food from a support boat, piloted by Atlantic rower and sailor Roy Finley. To help him achieve his goal, Ben will wear a specially designed shark protection wet suit and the support boat will be equipped with counter-shark equipment. Ben has been training in open water since 2013, working under the guidance of his support team and sports psychologist.
Through his extraordinary efforts, Ben hopes to raise £2 million for three charities, including SOS Children’s Villages. Ben says: “It is a privilege to be able to raise funds for SOS Children’s Villages. It is my goal to inspire all children and adults alike, to show nothing is impossible and that with hard work and self-belief we can chase down our dreams.”
Cirque du Soleil
Since 2014 SOS Children’s Villages has worked in partnership with Cirque du Soleil to help young people in Mexico, Brazil and South Africa develop the skills they need to become independent, confident adults. Through the unique ‘Cirque du Monde’ project, skilled instructors use interactive trust and teambuilding exercises such as jugglery, acrobatics, Chinese yoyo, hula hoop, theatre and stilts as a way of fostering self-confidence, trust, expression and cooperation among participants.
The unique project is funded through tickets sales worldwide and the troupe’s current show, AMALUNA will be continuing the support throughout 2016.
Amec Foster Wheeler gets moving for ‘September’ fundraiser
Employees from a number of Amec Foster Wheeler’s offices walked, jogged or ran whilst using the ‘MapMyWalk’ smartphone app to track their distances and raise money. The Abu Dhabi-based team completed an 8km walk along Abu Dhabi Beach; whilst employees in Philadelphia, U.S., walked 2,500 steps through LOVE Park. Staff at the Vancouver offices raised more than £600 through an employee golf tournament and the Paradip Site team in India completed a 3km walk.In September, SOS global corporate partner Amec Foster Wheeler plc held “Steptember” ― a global fundraising initiative which aims to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages projects worldwide.
Projects benefiting from Amec Foster Wheeler’s fundraising include SOS mother training in Beijing, China, and vocational training in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain. A big thank you to everyone who took part!
A huge thank you to everyone who's raised money for us this year!
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