Why Swim

SWIM FOR "LA CITÉ JOYEUSE" AND "T'VOSJE"

For over 30 years since we founded the Splash Swimarathon, the Lions Club Brussels Heraldic has supported a wide selection of valuable charities making a meaningful difference to the lives of others both in Belgium and abroad.

Splash has become so much more than a day at the pool. Having collected and contributed well over €1.5 million to groups and individuals in need, Splash has become one of the key dates on the Brussels charity calendar. The Lions serve the community and that community includes you, your concerns and interests. We are always interested in hearing from you, working with you and supporting what matters in your lives. Please feel free to contact us (lionsheraldic@gmail.com) with any ideas or contributions and we'll see what we can do! Even better, do not hesitate to join us to work together to serve.

For this years edition of SPLASH, with your help Lions Club Brussels Heraldic will directly support the following groups as our prime charities:

La Cité Joyeuse

La Cité Joyeuse, situated in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean is  is a charitable organization dedicated to helping children. Together with multiple support services Cité Joyeuse offers a refuge for young and handicapped people who are experiencing temporary family difficulties that hinder their personal growth and that lead to problematic behaviour. This "therapeutic separation" is necessary in order to allow the child to reclaim a neutral space. It is a place of life that allows the young person to rediscover, to acquire well-being in order to then create new modes of behaviour and communication with his family and his environment.

The project, exciting new Tobii technology 

Tobii is a communication system with ocular control that enables children interact with computers using their eyes.Tobii captures the eye movements of the child, making it possible to communicate through tablet, to use educational games and to evolve the cognitive skills of the child. In a broader way, it allows children to act within their environment and this, independently. giving greater control of their life.

 

• t'Vosje

t'Vojse is a Vilvoorde-based athletics club set up in 1988 by the parents of young people with intellectual disabilities, under the protection of the Brussels Athletics Association. In 1990 the club began an independent legal organisation with the creation of the v.z.w. 't Vosje. . A board was formed, consisting of 9 members, with a chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary and several board members. Currently t'Vojse consists of 75 athletes, coming from the area of ​​Vilvoorde. trainings take place under the expert guidance of a number of coaches who fully commit themselves to this and make a lot of time for it. In order to relieve some of their duties, we receive help from the first-year students of physiotherapy of the V.U.B. Besides athletic and swimming training there is also training for cycling, bowling and football organised in the club.

The project, the Special Olympics in Belgium

As they have done for many years in 2019 t’Vosje will have 40 members participating in the Special Olympics in Belgium. Funds from Splash will help register the athletes. Special Olympics promote the social integration of people with mental disabilities through sport. The goals by 2020 are to go from 16,843 athletes having access up to 20,000 to break the taboo that still exists today around the mental handicapped through this fantastic events.

 

• La Maison des Pilifs

As we have done for over 20 years, we continue to give support to our good friends La Maison des Pilifs, a not-for-profit organisation that functions around the philosophy of “Pilifs”, focusing on helping mentally handicapped people, providing coaching, boarding, recreation centre, transition of retirement. 

Nos Pilifs is a registered charity based in Brussels that takes care of handicapped children (from the age of 6) and adults form Brussels region. This organisation, more than 45 years operational, helps adults in their daily life by providing support in all aspects of their life: supervised lodging, food, employment and lodging search, entertainment. It schools children in a multi-disciplinary approach that includes logopedia, psychomotricity, kinesitherapy, ergotherapy and comportmental psychology.

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