„Paragliding for S4K“ has started!

We are really happy to announce:

„Paragliding for S4K“ has successfully kicked off with flight number 1 on Thursday, May 18th and flights 2 and 3 on Saturday, May 20th.

It was AMAZING! Once you get over your fear and run everything else falls into place.

A huge shout-out and Thank You to the Drachenflieger-Club Hohenneuffen e.V. and to our fabulous pilots Markus and Thilo 😀

Please visit their websites:

Markus‘ Page

Thilo’s Page

Please proceed to our event’s page to learn more about this amazing fundraiser, to check out our photos and videos and to learn how you can sponsor us: Paragliding For S4K

New photos and videos will be added after every flight; so stay tuned!

More flights will happen until July 22nd, all in aid of Sanctuary for Kids

Please consider sponsoring this fundraiser. Thank You!

Wir freuen uns offiziell zu verkünden:

„Paragliding for S4K“ ist erfolgreich gestartet. Am 18. Mai fand der erste Flug statt, am 20. Mai folgten Flüge 2 und 3.

Und es war GIGANTISCH! Wenn man sich einmal überwunden hat und anfängt zu rennen, passiert alles von selbst.

Ein riesiges Dankeschön an den Drachenflieger-Club Hohenneuffen e.V. und unsere genialen Piloten Markus und Thilo 😀.

Bitte schaut auf ihren Webseiten vorbei:

Markus‘ Homepage

Thilo’s Homepage

Auf unserer Event-Seite gibt es weitere Informationen zu diesem Fundraiser, jede Menge Fotos und Videos und die Anleitung wie man uns sponsern kann: Paragliding For S4K.

Nach jedem Flug werden neue Medien hinzugefügt, also bitte: Bleibt dran!

Bis zum 22. Juli werden noch weitere Flüge zu Gunsten von Sanctuary for Kids stattfinden.

Bitte denkt darüber nach uns zu sponsern! Vielen Dank.

CAD 10.000 raised for „Sanctuary for Kids“

FACTS 2017 = The perfect occasion to celebrate CAD 10.000 raised for „Sanctuary for Kids“ 

(between November 2012 and March 2017).

Sorry it took us so long to post this update, but somehow day to day life got in the way…

FACTS 2017 in Ghent was a great experience: A beautiful city, meeting up with lots of old and new friends and of course having the chance to see Amanda Tapping, one of the heads of „S4K“.

PLUS we had a wonderful reason to celebrate as we had officially cracked the big CAD 10.000 for „Sanctuary for Kids“ in March.

CAD 10.000 (!) in less than 4,5 years!
This number is amazing, especially when keeping in mind that we – the two of us and YOU guys – are just a small number of friends doing crazy things, trying to make the world a better place in our own little capacity. Don’t forget that we are doing this in our spare time, without any support from the outside or finacial backing… And we still LOVE it!

All of our fundraisers start off by having a crazy idea, followed by writing Emails and / or making phonecalls and hopefully result in recruiting clubs / companies to team up.

The goal: Introducing „Sanctuary for Kids“ and all supported projects and charities to the outside world and of course raising money! It is fascinating how many people agree to get involved and help, once they learn the facts and see proof that their money and efforts will make a change for those in need!

But of course the backbone of all of these activities are YOU, our friends and supporterts!
It does not matter to us if you are a participant, a financial or moral supporter!

EVERYONE matters to us! We could not do this without you!

And it means the world to us to get all of your positive feedback 🙂

CAD 10.000 WOW! THANK YOU!

This is why we came up with the idea of personalized cupcakes. And they were a huge success!

Amanda Tapping – FACTS / Ghent / April 2017

YES we did cause a few raised eyebrows in Belgium, but mostly warm smiles and positive reactions…

YOU GUYS TRULY ROCK! PLEASE STICK WITH US…. And don’t forget:  #PARAGLIDING will happen soon!

Once again: THANK YOU …. the photos are for YOU

Amanda Tapping / FACTS / Ghent / April 2017 / CAD 10.000

 

PS: New photos added in „Just For Fun Pics“ and „International Action Bottle Club“.

„T’IMAGIN 2“ at „Avignon Geek Expo 2017“

We spent the most amazing weekend in the South of France. Avignon is truly an amazing city!

Plus from our point of view it felt like being in heaven or to put it more directly, our dinners felt like #FoodPorn including “De vin et de fromage en masse”.

Over the run of the weekend we met and worked with truly amazing people, many of whom we call friends by now. 😀

“Merci à tous!”

Oh, and meeting and working with Fulvio Cevere and Jamie Bamber was of course a real pleasure as well! Those two truly rock!

Sophie put Carmen and me in charge of the “Sanctuary for Kids” Tombola, meaning we ended up with our own part of the “Adama Toulon Booth”, raffle tickets and the huge challenge to talk people into buying tickets with the chance to win great prices like a signed T-Shirt, a signed Photograph and two helicopter-flights whilst supporting children in need!

You should have seen us: Speaking a mixture of English and French = #Frenglish with throwing in bits and pieces of our very own sign-language and even some German. 😬

I guess we did not do too bad, as the Tombola made CAD 175 for „Sanctuary for Kids“.

We really hope to be re-invited for “T’Imagin_3” and promise to bring handouts in French plus having worked on our language skills. 😀

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Wir hatten ein total geniales Wochenende in Südfrankreich. Avignon ist eine wunderschöne Stadt.

Und essenstechnisch fühlten wir uns wie im Himmel, die Abendessen – gerade die in der „Boucherie“ – waren der Knaller, reiner #FoodPorn inklusive “De vin et de fromage en masse”.

Wie haben ganz, ganz viele tolle Menschen getroffen und kennengelernt, und mit einigen auch zusammengearbeitet. Und neue Freunde gewonnen. 😀

„Merci à tous!“

Fulvio Cecere und Jamie Bamber sind wirklich super nett; mit den Beiden kann man Pferde stehlen!

Sophie hatte uns für die Betreuung der „Sanctuary for Kids“ Tombola eingeteilt. Das bedeutete, wir hatten plötzlich einen eigenen Teil am „Adama Toulon“Stand“ und standen vor der Herausforderung Leute anzusprechen und Ihnen Lose zu verkaufen. Es gab ja nicht nur tolle Preise wie ein signiertes T-Shirt, ein signiertes Foto und zwei Panorama-Helikopterflüge zu gewinnen, sondern es ging vor allen auch darum den Besuchern zu erklären, was für eine tolle Kinderhilfsorganisation sie durch den Kauf der Lose unterstützen können.

Ihr hättet uns sehen sollen, mit einer Mischung aus Englisch, Französisch = #Frenglish und Händen und Füßen haben wir auf unsere Opfer eingeredet.

Allzu dumm haben wir uns aber nicht angestellt, denn immerhin kamen CAD 175 für „Sanctuary for Kids“ zusammen.

Wir hoffen bei „T’Imagin_3“ wieder mit dabei zu sein, wir haben schon ein paar neue Ideen 😬

Location-Check for #Paragliding

On Saturday we spent an amazing afternoon with Martin Heber from the DCH Hohenneuffen. We had the chance to bother Martin with hundreds of questions and to actually check out the location of #ParaglidingForS4K. We were so damn lucky, because the weather was perfect and we were able to watch the skills of some paragliding experts.

Although, we are still pretty nervous, not to say dead scared, we honestly can’t wait to fly ourselves in April/May!

Thank you so much to Martin and his colleagues for making this fundraiser possible and for helping us support „Sanctuary for Kids“.

Please do check out this event’s page and learn about how you can take part and fly yourself or on how you can sponsor this fabulous event and support children in crisis: Paragliding For S4K

We really hope you enjoy our photos and videos.

And the DC-Hohenneuffen features us on their website. Please check them out, as without them this fundraiser would not happen!

 

 

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Am Samstag haben wir einen genialen Nachmittag mit Martin Heber vom DCH Hohenneuffen verbracht. Wir konnten Martin mit all unseren Fragen löchern und hatten auch noch die Chance den Start – und Landeplatz der Paraglider (Gleitschirmflieger) anzuschauen. Und genau dort wird auch unser Fundraiser #ParaglidingForS4K stattfinden. Das war vielleicht spannend.

Wir hatten echt enormes Glück, denn das Wetter war so toll, das auch tatsächlich jede Menge Sportler in der Luft waren und wir tolle Eindrücke sammeln konnten.

Ein riesiges Danekschön an Martin und seine Kollegen für das Ermöglichen dieses Events und das Unterstützen von „Sanctuary for Kids“.

Wir hoffen Euch gefallen unsere Fotos und Videos.

Vielleicht ermutigen Sie Euch ja sogar am Event teilzunehmen und selbst mitzufliegen? Oder auch uns zu sponsern?

Klickt bitte auf alle Fälle auf unseren Event-Link für alle notwendigen Infos: Paragliding For S4K.

NEU: Der DC-Hohenneuffenbringt uns auf seiner Webseite ganz groß raus 😬, bitte schaut Euch die Webseite an, denn ohne die Unterstützung des DCH gäbe es keinen Fundraiser 😀

 

Our next fundraiser: Paragliding

Dear friends,

after the great success of „Biathlon_4“, we are now officially moving on to our next project „Paragliding“.

(#ParaglidingForS4K on Twitter)

Paragliding is terribly dependent on the weather, but we are aiming to do the challenge on a Saturday or Sunday in April and hope for your support…

As always, anybody is welcome to join our team and jump with us 😀

So please, do click on the events-page for more information and to read about our fabulous conditions. Paragliding For S4K.

Thank You and #Namaste.

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Liebe Freunde,

nach dem umwerfenden Erfolg von „Biathlon_4“ widmen wir uns jetzt offiziell unserem nächsten Projekt: „Gleitschirmfliegen“.

(#ParaglidingForS4K auf Twitter)

Gleitschirmfliegen ist natürlich extremst wetterabhängig, aber wir hoffen, diese Herausforderung an einem Samstag oder Sonntag im April hinter uns zu bringen, und bitten Euch um Eure Unterstützung.

Und wie bei allen unseren Events kann wieder jeder aktiv teilnehmen und mit uns fliegen 😀

Bitte schaut unbedingt auf der Event-Seite vorbei, denn die Konditionen sind wirklich toll: Paragliding For S4K.

Danke und #Namaste

Thank YOU for CAD 1000 for S4K

Here we go, the Grand Total of „Biathlon For S4K_4“:

CAD 1000

Thanks to all participants, sponsors and supporters for supporting „Children in Crisis“.

We are terribly, terribly grateful!

Much Love and Light 🍀🌞❤

Please stay tuned for updates on our next fundraiser „Paragliding for S4K“.

 

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Hier kommt es, das Gesamtergebnis von „Biathlon For S4K_4“:

CAD 1000

Wir danken allen Teilnehmern, Sponsoren und Freunden.

Wir sind einfach nur schrecklich, schrecklich gerührt und dankbar!

Alles, alles Liebe 🍀🌞❤

Bald gibt es Neuigkeiten zu unserem nächsten Event „Paragliding for S4K“.

Biathlon for S4K_4 – A full Success!

Dear friends!

We are happy and proud we all survived last weekend’s #BiathlonForS4K_4.

And we are terribly grateful to all participants and our wonderful onsite cheerleaders for spending the entire weekend together to raise money for the good cause! #TeamS4K

A huge Thank You goes to Rainer and the entire team of Nordic Schule Notschrei for teaming up once more to support „Sanctuary for Kids“ and we are already looking forward to the next team-up event!

And another huge Thank You to Bernadette and Roger from Hotel Gersbacher Hof.

We hope you have fun checking out our photos and videos 😀

If you do, why not consider sponsoring us to help us make a change for kids in need?

Sponsoring is easy: We can be sponsored until February 12th / 19:45 local time, as we will announce the Grand Total at 20:00. Please donate via Sanctuary for Kids (Donate), selecting “Biathlon 4” as “Designated Fund” and sending a copy of your PayPal-receipt to „ActionForS4K@gmail.com“, so we can count your donation.

Thank You and #Namaste

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Wir sind froh und stolz, das alle #BiathlonForS4K_4 unbeschadet überstanden haben 😀

Und wir sind allen Teilnehmern und Cheerleadern unglaublich dankbar für das gemeinsame Wochenende, um Kindern zu helfen! Mensch, was hatten wir wieder eine Menge Spaß!

Ein besonderes Dankeschön gilt natürlich Rainer und dem gesamten Team der Nordic Schule Notschrei. Ihr seid einfach Spitze! Danke, das Ihr uns wieder unterstützt habt, wir freuen uns schon jetzt auf den nächsten gemeinsamen Event!

Und natürlich auch Herzlichen Dank an Bernadette und Roger vom Hotel Gersbacher Hof.

Jetzt wünsche wir Euch aber erstmal viel Spaß beim Durchstöbern unserer Fotos und Videos 😀

Es wäre schön, wenn Ihr Euch dafür entscheidet, uns zu sponsern…

Es ist ganz einfach: Noch bis zum 12.02. / 19:45 könnt Ihr direkt über Sanctuary for Kids (Donate) online spenden. Wählt „Biathlon 4“ als „Designated Fund“ und schickt bitte eine Kopie der PayPal Bestätigung an „ActionForS4K@gmail.com“; denn nur so können wir Eure Spende mitzählen. Das Gesamtergebnis veröffentlichen wir am 12.02. um 20:00.

Vielen Dank und #Namaste

 

Meet the Team of Biathlon For S4K_4

WOW! We are really happy and proud as this year a group of 14(!) friends will make their way to the Black Forest to raise money for our favourite charity „Sanctuary for Kids“. That means we doubled in participants 😀.

Please click here for more information on this fundraiser and on how you can help us make a change for kids in need: „Biathlon For S4K_4“

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WOW! Wir sind total happy und stolz: In diesem Jahr treten 14(!) Freunde die Reise in den Schwarzwald an, um Geld für „Sanctuary for Kids“ zu sammeln! Wir haben unsere Teilnehmerzahl verdoppelt! 😀

Bitte klickt hier für mehr Infos zum Fundraiser und um herauszufinden, wie ihr uns helfen könnt Kids in Not zu unterstützen: „Biathlon For S4K_4“

Please meet #TeamS4K / Wir präsentieren #TeamS4K:

 

 

 

 

2016 – A Personal Resumé

2016 – A personal resumé:

Another year has gone by… Phew! And once again you have the feeling: Why on earth does it feel as if time goes by faster with every single season that passes?

We started “Action for S4K!“ 4 years ago and with every passing year we built new friendships, found new partners, became more outgoing and gained self-confidence.

So let’s look back at some of the 2016 “Action” highlights:

Biathlon For S4K_3:

In late January 2016 it was time for the 3rd edition of our “Biathlon”. Once again “Nordic Schule Notschrei“ offered us a great deal and the “Hotel Gersbacher Hof” supported us by donating part of their profits! Thank You! Because of weather-warnings we were forced to cancel day two of the event, but the skiing-school managed to squeeze in the shooting into day 1! So we did not lose a challenge, but were even more active on day one! #TwoInOne earning CAD 1078 for the kids. Let’s hope for snow and good weather for early February 2017!

New Jersey and Ontario:

In early summer we spent 2,5 weeks in New Jersey and Ontario. Whilst staying with very dear family-friends in the US, we had the chance to visit our online friend (and my (Bea’s) swimming-coach) Elaine for the first time! We had such a great time together. So much fun, so many great talks and Elaine surprised us with the most amazing idea ever: She created little glass bottles with our logo, to be sold in aid of S4K. We were so moved and nearly in tears… By now these bottles have turned into a real hit and gave us the idea for the “Action Bottle Club”, an ongoing fundraiser, that can be found on our website. And thank you Elaine for the most precious and personal gift that was ever given to me!

In Ontario we experienced so much love and hospitality it was mind-blowing: Thank You to Kim, Kim’s family and friends! We will never forget all of our road-trips, the Canadian barbecue, my first attempt to prepare a potato salad (thanks for pretending it was good)… and the Black Flies. Please take us back!

And Thank You to Tina Marie and Kyra for driving all the way up from Rochester to meet us for dinner in Niagara Falls!

Splashdiving For S4K:

This was quite an experience. In spring 2016 Oliver, the head of splashdiving.com was a guest on the show I was working on. During a phonecall he told me that he had just returned from India, where he is supporting a social project. We started to talk about charity work and I told him about “S4K” and our fundraisers. We agreed that we needed to talk about ideas once we meet in person. After we wrapped the show Oliver approached me with a surprising offer: He invited us to participate in the “Splashdiving World Championship 2016” to promote “Sanctuary for Kids”. After some time to think, a few calls and emails we agreed and signed-up! 6 crazy girls from all over Germany and Switzerland were about to do “pool-bombing” for the good cause! The result: “Perfect” full-team-3-meter – jumps! Two 5-meter-jumps! And two 10-meter-jumps… and massive bruising: #AllForTheKids and earning CAD 1043 for “Sanctuary for Kids” and a 4 – minute TV-coverage. Two days after the event we were invited back for 2017; and believe us: WE WILL PRACTISE!

The Maltese Challenge:

In October we were back in Malta, once again teaming up with “Gozo-Adventures” for another fundraiser. We had unexpected help in promoting our fundraiser by “Meridiana Wine Estate” and our wonderful hotel, “The Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa” who featured us and the event on their homepage and on their Social Media sites. “Gozo Adventures” were amazing and surprised us by changing the challenge from “Upseiling” to “Climbing” as they thought it to be more demanding… But this day of challenges was worth every bit of sweat… It was amazing and snorkeling next to the “Azure Window” was purely outstanding! Especially having in mind that the Azure Window was the setting for some of the scenes in season one of “Game of Thrones”. This location has NOW been closed for snorkeling, so we had been more than lucky in October. Thank You Natascha for coming with us and your great company! #AllForTheKids, the #MalteseChallenge made CAD 581 for “S4K”. We can’t wait to be back in Malta / Gozo for more!

Mefistofele in Munich:

In early November we celebrated my (Bea) Mum’s 75th birthday by taking her to see a – truly breathtaking – performance of „Mefistofele“ at the Staatsoper München. This alone would not justify an entry into this resumé but we were also given the chance to meet up with Joseph Calleja (@MalteseTenor) who is Mum’s favourite opera singer AND who had been following us on Twitter and sharing our events on Facebook ever since our first fundraiser in Malta! A huge Thank You to our wonderful friend Rose for making the first contact and to Joseph for agreeing to participate in that surprise! Joseph, we really hope to make it to your 20th anniversary concert in Floriana in August; not only to see you perform but also to support your own charity, supporting kids in Malta.

An Outlook / New ideas / Unforeseen Challenges:

(1) In Autumn I stumbled across a TV-coverage about Paragliding near Stuttgart. We knew the place, so an idea formed inside our heads… We wrote an email to the sporting-club with links to the “S4K”-website and our own. The result? Only two days later we got a call, telling us that they are more than interested to team up for a fundraiser. #ParaglidingForS4K was born, coming up in Spring.

(2) Every year in October we write an Email to our „Biathlon – Hotel“, to confirm the dates for the next event. This year the answer we received made us freak out a little… The hotel had been sold and the new owners had no idea what we were talking about, but asking us to explain… So we hectically wrote an Email explaining what we had been doing for the past 3 years and that we hoped that they would continue the tradition. Two hours later we had an answer: YES they would love to continue the partnership and they agree to the same conditions! What a relief! Thank You, Roger and Bernadette! Bring on February 2017!

All of these experiences let us look excitedly at what lies ahead in 2017!

What we learned in 2016:

Apart from all the positive experiences we also had to learn to stand up for ourselves and our reasons to support „Sanctuary for Kids“, to explain our motives over and over again but also to deal with jeaulousy and resentment from many sides. We pulled through by taking in the advice of a nearly twelve-year-old kid who kept on telling us: “It’s most important to create your own positive memories and to never give up! It doesn’t matter one bit what others may think of you, as long as you stay true to yourself!”

Our wish for 2017?

That you will all help us to crack the total of CAD 10.000 raised for “Sanctuary for Kids”! – At the moment we stand at more than CAD 9.300 –

With All our Love and Best Wishes for 2017, Bea and Carmen

Stockholm

We spent a very emotional, wonderful, yet also personally challenging weekend in Stockholm.

We met many wonderful old and new friends and Stockholm is a stunningly beautiful city… Looking forward to coming back during summertime 😉

We took many photos 🙂

Some of them are added to our „Just for Fun“ Gallery, whilst our new fundraiser-promo-pics can be found in „Official Photos and Videos“.

Please check all of them out and have fun…

 

 

Das Wochenende in Stockholm hatte einfach alles: Es war wunderschön, aber für uns persönlich auch anstrengend und emotional aufreibend.

Wir haben viele alte Freunde wieder getroffen und neue Freunde gewonnen.

Die Stadt selbst ist wirklich unglaublich schön; wir freuen uns aber ehrlich drauf, sie auch mal bei Tageslicht zu erkunden 😉

Wir haben Fotos gemacht 🙂 Einige davon findet Ihr in unserer „Just for Fun“ Galerie, die neuen Fundraiser-Promo-Fotos hingegen in „Official Photos and Videos“.

Viel Spaß beim Stöbern und Entdecken!

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