We don’t just row for ourselves.
In fact, we’re rowing more and harder for those kids who haven’t been so fortunate. We want to put them in the spotlight by drawing attention to our two charities: Het Vergeten Kind and the Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur. One of our biggest challenges is to transfer as much money as possible to both charities after the race. To be able to do this, getting to the start of the race is step 1. That also requires money.
One of the reasons for our taking on this challenge is to find out if we are on the right path or if something needs to change in our lives. We have the privilege of being able to change things if we really want to. This is not the case for many children. Neglected or mistreated. Fled from violence or removed from their home because they were no longer safe. The traumas leave deep traces. It makes you insecure, scared and angry.
We row for these children by choosing Het Vergeten Kind as one of our charities. This organisation fights for a stable, loving environment, where children can grow up safely and well. Giving them positive experiences with real attention, so that they feel seen and regain their self-confidence. Something no one can live without…
We also believe that children should be given the opportunity to develop through arts and athletics. Being involved in sports or the arts helps a child to develop optimally on a physical, mental and social level. In the Netherlands this is unfortunately not possible for 1 in 11 children, simply because parents cannot afford it. Children who cannot participate in such activities do not have the same opportunities that come naturally to their peers.
Our second charity is therefore the Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur, because all children should be able to dream of becoming the new Messi or Beyonce…