category: Sandrine's Notes
Global Kiter Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through our wonderful sport. Up until recently, our experience has been with people with physical disabilities- more precisely, people that are either paraplegic or tetraplegic.
Our workshops have been so well received we are excited about planning as many workshops as our budget will allow in different countries, enriching the lives of as many as possible.
I was very happy to get a call from Skai TV on Monday looking to do an interview with us about the work of the Foundation. Skai is one of the largest media channels in Greece, so it was great news to start off the week!
Living a healthy lifestyle is about saying yes to life! It’s not just about eating the proper food, getting regular excecise or reducing alcohol/cigarettes... It’s about the choices you make that give you the opportunity to feel your best.
As you know, I am in the midst of training for our special Charity Crossing, and this got me thinking about the simple things we can do to feel our best every day.
As you might have read, GKF is helping to organize a very challenging crossing to raise funds and awareness for 3 charities… you can read more about it on our projects page.
I’m very excited to be taking part in it- not just as a co-organizer, but also as a participant! I am a little nervous too, of course! I haven’t been in a wetsuit for many, many years- I’m not very good with the cold! But that’s the purpose of a challenge: it’s to push your ‘normal’ to the side for a good cause.
Bye bye high heels, hello booties!
So… the purpose of my note this week is to bring you up to date on how I am getting ready for this! And if you have any suggestions or advice to give, please do!
It is a well known fact that sports is good for us. It teaches us that it takes hard work and sweat to become good at something. It pushes us to strive for perfection and to seek out new challenges.
But there is a lot more to it than the lessons it teaches us. Sports brings us all together in a unique way. Whenever we are at a sport venue, be it the beach, the mountains, or a tennis match, the atmosphere is positive and happy.
Starting today (13th December) there are 19 days left until 2012. I am going to share one of my favorite moments for 2011 every day, until the end of the year!
- Co-Founding Global Kiter Foundation in Feb 2011.
- Celebrating my birthday with my little family and hearing my son say “happy tetay maman.”
- Winning 3rd position in the Most Influential Kitesurfer Girl contest! Thanks for the votes and Inmontion for the fun contest!
- Organizing our wind that works workshops for people with a physical disability and meeting incredible people, including volunteers from Enel Green Power Hellas and Google Greece.
The wind is a natural resource we find all around us. It’s one of the most environmental friendly alternative energies and has been used for thousands of years. It has touched countless aspects of evolution- from powering simple dreams, to allowing global travel, trade development and power production. Ways of harnessing the power of the wind are always developing.
What wind technology is used at the moment?
There are 80 million people with a physical disability across the EU: 1 in 2 has never participated in a leisure or sports activity. 97% of Europeans feel more should be done to ensure better integration into our society. In the US, nearly 1 in 5 of the population is disabled.
At the same time, in Brazil the unemployment rate among the youth is 52%, in the Dominican Republic it’s 34%. Opportunities for development and training for them is practically non-existent.