Supported and patronized by the Lions club De Panne Westkust and the whole Lions family, this trip is an idea from and performed by Luc Ameloot who joined the Lions family only last year.
Although a relatively new Lion member, he saw firsthand what it means to give back to people who have been less fortunate in life.
Affected by the virus ‘ to serve’, which is prominently present in the genes of every Lion, he taught about a way to do more to serve people who are less fortunate in life, and he wanted to challenge himself to take action.
Luc: ‘’All the pieces of the puzzle came together when I heard about a Dutch swimmer who planned to swim the Eleven Cities Skate tour for the good cause. As an amateur golfer, the initial plan was to play in some Belgian clubs. After hearing an interview with the coach of FC Bruges, Ivan Leko, that it was important to dream big, I expanded my idea to the European continent to make the challenge even bigger.
After a career of 30 years in the sports business, the moment is there to take a one-year sabbatical together with my wife Marianne, to make this trip come through, in order to raise money for charity.
The choice of the charities was simple to make: In my youth, both my parents were psychiatric patients, so I learned firsthand the importance of good supervision of the patient as well as his environment. Havenzate is exemplary in its leading role as a health care provider for people with mental disabilities in the region.
Becoming grandparents, and the story of a client and her son in my shop, made me aware of the hard times for children and their families in the struggle against cancer. This was the trigger to choose for the Children Cancer Foundation as a second charity project to support.
As a Lions member, LCIF WITH ITS international role, cannot be underestimated and deserves also to get a part of the earned money.
The commitment to take both a year without salary for he good cause and almost 2 years of daily administrative and preparatory planning, is the sacrifice we make with great dedication and satisfaction.”
It is important to know that all the earned money goes directly to the charities and don’t cover the travel expenses of the trip that are entirely paid by Luc and Marianne.