Happy New Year to all of you !
2014 kicked off with some exciting news. As you know I have been an ambassador of JustWorld International for many years. I joined the charity association when I was a teenager and have been involved with their actions ever since.
I always wanted to do more and we'd been working on a new idea for some time which has just been officially announced during the JustWorld annual gala on January 17th. I am proud to confirm that, together with JustWorld, I have started a JustWorld project in my hometown in Medellin, Colombia.
The 'Antorchas de Vida' Foundation started in 2001 as a response to the vulnerable situation experienced by so many of the children of Medellin. The Foundation aims at welcoming, protecting and looking after vulnerable children through the promotion of equal opportunities. The Foundation currently hosts 60 children, between the ages of 5 and 19, in their dormitories and in total about 110 children and 95 families have been able to benefit from these services. The Foundation gives them the opportunity to learn, to reinstate their violated rights and to reintegrate into society as free, independent, skilled and happy people - something, which is so vitally important.
I am very happy to be able to help JWI reach out to more and more people and most especially to start helping kids in my hometown. It is of course a great honour to be able to give back to a country that has given me so much. I feel very blessed to be a part of this great initiative and to be part of a movement that will see people helping me to help children from my own country.
From a very early age, I have been conscious of the huge amount of pain and poverty existing in the world in which we live. We as riders, or spectators, or any other role we may fulfil in the world of show jumping, are privileged to be living a wonderful life. However, I strongly feel that we have a responsibility to help make the world a better place for everyone.
If you too would like to join us on our fight to help the children who so need our help in Colombia, then please get in touch with me or JustWorld.
Please don't forget that every contribution helps, no matter how big or how small - thank you!
www.justworldinternational.org or www.fundacionantorchasdevida.org