Dutch Paralympic team make €20,000 donation to IPC’s Agitos Foundation
Monday, 15 October 2012
October 15 - Andre Cats, the Chef de Mission of the Netherlands team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games has presented International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven with a €20,000 (£16,140/$25,920) donation.
The donation is specifically for the IPC's Agitos Foundation which was launched during London 2012, with the aim of developing sport activities for people with an impairment as a tool for changing lives and contributing to an inclusive society for all.
"We hope that other National Paralympic Committees will follow us again to make the Paralympic Movement stronger," said Cats, after making the donation to the Foundation on behalf of the Netherlands' National Olympic and Paralympic Committees and the Netherlands Sports Confederation.
The Netherlands has been a part of Paralympic sport since 1952, when it first joined the Stoke Mandeville Games in Great Britain.
Sixty years later, the Dutch are still a major part of the Movement and at the London 2012 Paralympics, the Netherlands finished 10th in the medal standings with 10 golds and 39 overall medals.
Two of the gold medals came at the hands of wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer, one of the greatest Dutch Paralympians ever.
The Agitos Foundation was set up to help over one billion people that have an impairment, a number that is constantly increasing due to conflicts, chronic diseases, insufficient medical services and age.
The Paralympic Movement and the IPC have an exceptional track record for using sport to showcase on a global level what can be achieved by people with an impairment and the vision of the Foundation is to lead the Paralympic Movement's aspiration of driving change and establishing equality.