When I was in my forties, I travelled by bike in Ladakh, Rajasthan and Gujarat and saw the precarious conditions in which local villagers are living. During that 6-month trip, I decided that at the age of 60, I would spend part of my savings to do something for an underprivileged community. In 2018, I turn 60.
In April 2016 I met with Gerarda and Ernest from No Péga Môn at a fundraising event for a Taiko band whose drums had been stolen.They were selling handcrafted objects from Bubaque to raise money for their projects on the island. This was the very first time I heard of Bubaque. Their sincerity and dedication to their cause immediately touched my heart. I felt an urge to help them, but didn’t have time. In the autumn of 2016, I started dreaming about the Reach Out project which is now materializing.
To eventually enable all undergraduates from underprivileged families to study for teacher, nurse or doctor to help develop their local communities.
This adventurous and strenuous undertaking integrates my lifelong passions: social commitment, solo travelling and endurance sports.