Last Sunday was an unforgettable day for Arturo Cimarra, promoter of the #retosolidario2013 sports initiative, which Antana supports in the name of the Fundación Menudos Corazones, a foundation for children with heart problems (www.menudoscorazones.org) and the NGO Por la Sonrisa de un Niño, which helps thousands of children in Cambodia to escape poverty and receive an education (www.psncamboya.org).
The reason for Cimarra's happiness was due to the completion of his "Reto Solidario" (Solidarity Challenge, in English) of raising money for the projects of these two organisations and, furthermore, greatly improving his previous middle distance triathlon personal best by 40 minutes, finishing in a time of 5 hours 5 minutes (42 minutes to swim 1.9 km, 2 hours 34 minutes to cycle 80 km and 1 hour 40 minutes to run 20 km).
The building company Antana supports and believes in this project and the ability of sport to mobilise and achieve backing for the endeavours of these organisations.
– Menudos Corazones helps children with congenital heart defects and their families. The idea is to help finance a summer camp organised for children between the ages of 7 and 14 years old, which will serve as a chance to get out of hospital and away from their problems in order to simply live a "normal" life. Last year, Arturo Cimarra had the chance to see first-hand "the commendable work they do". The cost for supporting a child at the camp is around €45 per day. This video shows you how a Menudos Corazones camp works and how they hope to finance it: http://youtu.be/bKcvMpU52Bw
– Fundación por la Sonrisa de un Niño in Cambodia also organises a summer camp that aims to receive collaborative financial support and provide children from garbage sites with activities, food, hygiene and a place where they can escape from their hard lives. One thing that impressed Cimarra was that the cost of feeding ten children for the duration of the whole camp does not exceed €45. You will find a video that explains the work of PSN in Cambodia at this link: http://youtu.be/4YSI3Q57lmU
You can still make a donation, right up until Friday 5 July, through this link: http://deportistassolidarios.org/retos/medio_ironman_en_favor_de_menudos_corazones_y_por_la_sonrisa_de_un_nino. 100% of the money raised will go to these two organisations.