Children should go through life free from worries, full of love and happiness
I enjoy fundraising and have an enormous sense of pride and wellbeing when a project is finished and the children are reaping the rewards. Don’t get me wrong the build-up is sometimes tense and can incorporate long hours, and many many setbacks, but it’s worth every minute spent.
My help towards Stefan took over 13 years. Stefan’s epic journey finished on the 18th October 2016, exactly 13 years to the day after his massive 12 hour operation. People say that I helped Stefan but the truth is Stefan helped me. He opened my eyes to fundraising and the rewards it gives to the individual. It also allowed me to see that it is sometimes too easy to turn the other cheek and say “I will help later”. If you get the chance to help someone then do it and do it now. Also Stefan is an extremely strong individual, never complaining, always seeing the bright side to a situation, it is a pleasure to know him and call him and the Savic family my friends.
In 2012 I was working as a remote paramedic practitioner in Africa for a gold mine in the Sahara Desert. When the contract ended I was invited to stay on as the health and safety manager of the exploration department, and health and safety superintendent for Kinross. Whilst there I was invited to visit an orphanage in Nouadhibou. Being completely heartbroken at the conditions the children were living in I organised a 24 hour bike ride to raise funds to build a new orphanage. Initially it was going to be between Nouadhibou and Noaukchott but we were told that it was too much of a kidnap threat so I arranged 24 people to each ride for 1 hour throughout the 24 hour period. It was called “Ride a Mile and make a smile” and was a complete success, raising enough money to build a completely new, furnished orphanage.
I have also been rewarded with the honour of being made an Ambassador for Facing The World. I am extremely proud of this title and will do all I can to promote this charity and bring it forward into the public eye. On 7th February 2017 I was formally presented with the Serbian Humanitarian Award, in Belgrade.