Make a wish come true...
Some weeks ago we were contacted by Terra dos Sonhos, a Portuguese NGO, similar to the world known organisation Make a Wish, that grants wishes to children suffering from critical illnesses. Terra dos Sonhos contacted us, as one of the kids - a 12 year old boy named Gonçalo - is a great fan of the Netherlands, Dutch Cheese, the painter Van Gogh and Ferrari's.
As Gonçalo celebrates his birthday in June, Terra dos Sonhos put together a great program for the day with the help of several sponsors. The day started with one of the IPO doctors picking up Gonçalo in his Ferrari, driving him to Lisbon where his family and friends were secretely waiting aboard the Dutch ship "De Westenwind" to go for a sailing trip. De Westenwind is a typical Dutch flat bottomed boat belonging to our member Gesink Naútico, which is docked next to the Leão Holandês. Our members Dirk and Heleen were immediately ready to help out when we asked them to contribute to Gonçalo's birthday. Another suprise awaited Gonçalo aboard: on top of the presents, pizza's, sushi and cake, his favourite uncle and aunt had flown over from the Netherlands for the occasion. Amidst nice food, drinks, stroopwafels, Dutch cheese and friends and family, we took a nice sailing trip along the Tagus river. And the day wasn't over yet, as afterwards Gonçalo was able to take a private tour in the Van Gogh exposition, a painter which he admires very much. Last but not least, our member The Fietsenshop offered a voucher for Gonçalo for a bicylce tour in the Expo '98 area.
We would like to thank Terra dos Sonhos for organizing the day,our members Gesink Náutico and The Fietsenshop for their contributions, as well as the camara team. We wish Gonçalo and his family all the best in the upcoming challenging times.