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Thank you all for having already made the effort to come closer to this 2nd big project for me this year! First of all, time flies here in New Zealand! So much pleasure, joy, love, GOOD HUMOR on a daily basis! Thanks again to Rotary for this incredible opportunity you have given me! And it is after realizing that life was too short to be lived only halfway, that I realized how lucky we all are! A family that supports us, to be healthy, to be educated, to live in peace, to have a pleasant and healthy living environment, to be able to eat as much as we want, not to worry about the coming night or the next day... And so many more examples! How lucky we are! Let's make the most of it! It is offered to us! Unfortunately, it is not offered to everyone, and some of this world are even deprived of it... Being only 16 years old, I think especially of the deprived and abused children, the same age as me or even much younger.
It is sad, this cause touches me deeply. But what are we doing to change this? Usually we try to forget, we put it off until tomorrow... "Someone will take care of it someday..." Change: none
To be lucky enough to be able to live in peace, educated, laughing, in good health, to have a roof over my head; makes me feel privileged. And I wish that this feeling of privilege that we all have could spread to our surroundings, throughout the world! Because it may seem silly, but after 7 months of observation in a foreign country, the injustices of this world are only more and more visible, all the more so in New Zealand; without even telling you about the Polynesian Islands.
So it was 3 months after my arrival in New Zealand (October 20th), that I realize my first big project here, which is particularly close to my heart, running the Auckland half-marathon (21km), the day before my birthday; and this for an association called "save the children". This association works with the deprived and destitute children of this world, whether after a natural disaster (rebuilding an education center), or by providing care, food, and much more! After a fundraiser made possible thanks to the support of my French family and friends, but also thanks to the support of my New Zealand friends and contacts, we were all able to raise NZ$1828.45 together!!! After finishing this half-marathon in less than 2 hours, all the funds were therefore donated to this association for the reconstruction of 2 classrooms, one in Indonesia following the floods at the end of December and beginning of January in the Jakarta region. And the second in the Philippines following the eruption of "Taal Volcano". The funds were also used across Kenya, Somalia and Sudan for emergency care and food in times of famine (locust invasion).
Now after 7 months in New Zealand, that I unveil my second big project, which I have been preparing for 3 months now. On March 14th, I will start the 'Wharf to Wharf' race of Waiheke (small island east of Auckland), and its 25km of ascent, descent! The race is very well known here, because of its beautiful scenery, but also for its difficulty! So it's a real challenge that I started 3 months ago!
I will be running for the benefit of one of the many programs of the Rotary, called "Emergency Response Kit", in French "Boîte de premiers secours".
It is following a natural disaster (anywhere in the world), such as a tsunami, an earthquake, floods; that its first aid boxes are deployed to cope with the loss of a house, most often these are already very precarious. For example in Fiji, Tonga or Samoa, where most houses are only made of old metal sheets, packed earth to be used as a floor, sometimes only one room for the whole family... Indeed the reality of these islands is much sadder than the pictures in TV commercials... These boxes are also used for the loss of many goods (clothes, pots, tools, food...). They are filled with goods and tools that are essential for the reconstruction of a house, or even the survival of a family! It contains: tarpaulin, hammer, nails, pieces of sheet metal (for the roof), shovel, ropes, pots and pans, food (rice, pasta, canned food), children's and adult clothing, underwear, shoes, towels, air mattress, first aid kit, and much more!
You now understand how crucial these first aid boxes are for the inhabitants who have lost everything overnight: house, equipment, livestock, food, sometimes family members... And it is for all these people who have lost everything from one day to the next that I wish to run on March 14th! To be able to give them a minimum of help, dignity and comfort after a disaster seems to me to be only common sense! These boxes have already been deployed in more than 103 countries over the last 30 years!
I hope that many of you will support this cause, which is particularly close to my heart during this exchange year!
These boxes have a certain cost, each one costs NZ$600, which is exactly 350€! My goal, and yours if you accept it, will be to raise enough money to finance 4 of them! That's NZ$2400, (1400€)! I know we can do it! I'm sure you have many acquaintances who will be delighted to help the people deprived of this world! We can do it, and I am counting on you to help me! Feel free to share my project with others!
From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all the people who will benefit from these boxes, I would like to thank you for your time, your consideration, and especially your support for my project!
Every donation is precious! You are precious!