Participation in the campaign KILOMETRY DOBRA, organised by the Polish Institute of Philanthropy, enabled us to collect money for the purchase of specially adapted bikes for RaceRunning. This sport enables people with disabilities, not known so far in Poland. The participant uses a three-wheeled bike without pedals, with a special chest suport and even allows those with severe disabilities to join in..
In Kilometers, we managed to collect as much as 136 thousand zlotys! This allowed us to not only buy the specially adapter bikes from Denmark but also covered the costs of the July visit of the Foundation’s representation (and Poland at the same time!) At CPISRA WORD CHAMPIONSHIPS – International RaceRunning Competition in Copenhagen, from which our disabled brought a silver medal. KILOMETERS Dobra, however, provided with an unexpected benefit – no one expected such a great collective involvement of the local community. Not only local schools and kindergartens were involved in the campaign, but also companies, municipal and city councils. We acquired as many as 42 action ambassadors supporting our project.
The final of the action was an amazing event – the 24-hour run of Marek Szwedy, a crazy tournament of generations, in which representatives of municipalities took part, as well as putting together zlotys.
KILOMETRY Dobra, but our adventure with RACERUNNING continues. Thanks to the 10 bikes purchased, we could start the RACERUNNING program with a NEW SPORT AND REHABILITATION METHOD, co-financed by the Greater Poland Voivodeship. His goal was to conduct rehabilitation through RaceRunning. 48 people with disabilities from two poviats, Złotowski and Pilski, used the RaceRunning two-hour sports and rehabilitation training once a week.
The money amount collected in the campaign gives us the opportunity to help children in need, and from the year for the year of submissions to the Foundation Future for Children arrives. Every month we have a dozen new requests from parents of sick children. We finance commuting to hospitals, rehabilitation stays, insulin pumps, hearing aids, and non-standard treatment for example, cancers that the NFZ does not cover. Outside help is often the only chance to save lives. Our dream is that every needy child could have their own equipment, needs a smile on their faces, it is the greatest thanks to us. Due to the amount collected during the campaign, 12-year-old Małgosia already has an insulin pump and finally she can safely leave for a summer camp. 13-year-old Piotr can play football with his friends thanks to the purchased pump. 17-year-old Asia heard for the first time the meowing of a cat, and 11-year-old Dorotka finally meets in the yard with her friends because she already has her pram. These are just a few examples.
Involvement of the local community, integration and joy of helping is the other side of the results of the participation of the Future for Children Foundation in the Kilometers of Good campaign. As in the previous year, schools, kindergartens, workplaces, state and local government institutions, groups of friends and families joined the campaign. Numerous fairs were organized,
on which the children and their parents baked all kinds of cookies, and even a walking rally in which preschoolers took part. Singing children encouraged to walk together, during which you could throw something from the heart. Green Taxi taxis carried a can of Good Kilometers so that every passenger could help the children of the Future for Children Foundation. NEONET also gave us the support, which involved all of its sales rooms in the Warmian-Masurian Province in a fundraiser.
Thanks to our participation in Kilometers of Good, many needy children received specific help and the entire community of our region was involved in a philanthropic project, teaching the young generation the spirit of empathy, which is an invaluable asset well foretelling for the future.
It is worth mentioning that FS not only supports talented young people but also shapes prosocial attitudes in a large proportion of youth in Więcławice. This is done by volunteering, which brings together about 40 people in the middle school age. Their commitment to noble goals and the zeal with which they approach helping others is the best counterargument to the thesis, that today’s youth do not get involved in anything.
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