News for May
Thanks to the Thomas Mann German School!
We'd like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Thomas Mann German School for their extremely generous donation of 200,000 forints raised from the school's community at its Sommerfest event. The donation is part of an active partnership we have with the school, and we're grateful for their generosity. The funds will go to support our ongoing sports and community programs for the Seedlings. If you'd like to form a similar partnership with us, please contact Kristin Faurest!Siófok success!We knew it was going to be a great day, but it surpassed everybody's expectations. We had a great team of people running the Wink Half-Marathon in Seedling Trust colors. Total of 20 kids and minders from the Care Homes also joined us on the course for the first and last 50 meters of the run. The weather was perfect and everybody was in a great mood as we started the race with the nearly 150 disabled participants. The kids were thrilled at being able to be a part of such a great event, along with the 100 athletes from Hungarian Special Olympics.
On this particular event we were not there to fundraise -- we were there to share a great event with the Seedlings. After the race the group had a nice stroll along the shores of Balaton, followed by ice cream -- during which a woman none of us had ever met before decided to perform the completely random act of kindness of paying for the entire group's ice cream cones. The ice cream vendor decided her generosity was contagious, and gave her a generous discount. Later that afternoon the kids had the additional thrill of getting their own race medals, thanks to the event's organizers. None of these might seem like earth shattering events, but it all added up to something. In other words, it was the kind of day that restores a person's faith in society.
Sports are for everybody -- come to Siófok Saturday to show your support!
This Saturday May 19 in Siófok, the Hungarian Special Olympics Association and Seedling Trust are campaigning together to promote inclusive sports for all at the Wink Marathon and Half Marathon! Saturday will be the first joint event for the Seedling Trust and the Hungarian Special Olympics Association -- members of the Trust as well as disabled children who reside in Budapest's care institutions and athletes from the Hungarian Special Olympics Association (MSZOSZ) will participate in Saturday's featured event, the Siófok Wink Marathon and Half Marathon. Participants include 100 physically or mentally disabled people affiliated with Special Olympics, as well as 15 residents of Budapest's residential facilities for disabled children and young people -- all of whom will join the Seedling Trust-Team Heart runners at the start line and also finish the last 50 meters with them. The Special Olympics athletes will run various distances according to their abilities.
And that isn't all the exciting news -- on May 14, the Wink Marathon organizers announced that they will 'donate' all the kilometers collectively officially run in the day's event to the two charities, Special Olympics and Seedling Trust. The two charities will then seek sponsors to support the organizations' work at a per-kilometer rate. We consider this an exciting event and a great way to show that enjoying sports outdoors belongs to everybody!
Special Olympics provides support for disabled children to gain social acceptance and take part equally in the same fun activities as other kids. 'We are responsible for everything we do with, to and for the human race.' (Albert Schweitzer)
Integration and inclusion for the disabled at Marczibányi Tér Sports Center
The Marczibányi Tér Sports Center in Budapest's District II, as part of its "The Road to London'' Olympic countdown program series (details in Hungarian here) is presenting a special program on June 16. The all-day event, in cooperation with Team Heart-Seedling Trust, is designed to provide various games and activities for disabled and non-disabled children to do together. The objective of the event is -- in this year of the Olympics -- to call attention to the great importance of sport, exercise and being caring and considerate for one another and also to work together to reach the 4,300 kilometer distance of the Road to London interactive game. In the course of the all-day event the children will take part in skills tests, obstacle courses and demonstrations of various Olympic-related activities, all in the hope that working together for fun common goals will bring them closer together and promote inclusivity in sports.
We depend on voluntary funding - any small amount - or kind support is highly appreciated. It takes so little to do so much...
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