We feel that we are very fortunate to work with what we love and to be able to share our passion with you. That is why we want to give back to those less fortunate through #swimrunforlife.
For 2017 we have chosen to work with DECE.
In 2010 we meet a group of young people in Åre that had started a project called ”Projekt Åredalen”. It is an initiative to help the poorest people around the city Arad, Romania in their daily life. Mats has since then supported their work.
The work that they do is more than just supporting the poor families, it is about about teaching skills so that the families become self-sufficient. How to grow food, to teach the parents a profession and motivate the kids to go to school. From this work the idea of DECE was born. From now on ÖTILLÖ will buy hats from DECE to give to the racers and by doing so all racers support poor families in Romania to get a better life.
DECE’s vision is not for people to survive but to thrive. Where people find dignity and self esteem, confidence and security. Where through their own work people are able to provide more than just food, but a home and a future for their children.
People become fully empowered when they have a secure job. When they can provide for their families and also begin to dream for themselves and for their children. The result is sustainable and long lasting change.