Climbing for the Children, Teide 2011

On the 9th and 10th September 2011, 15 climbers from Switzerland, France and Spain will walk away from the surfers and sunbathers at El Socorro Beach in Los Realejos and will begin a climb that will take them up 3718 metres over a distance of 30 kilometres. And every step they take will give a child a chance to live a life outside of hunger and despair.

“My first step in Cambodia was in Poipet. We crossed the border at Poipet – a huge slum on the border with Thailand. The first night, we went out of the association premises and had to be accompanied by a policeman as the area was very insecure at night. And there, in the middle of the slum and traffic, you could find children, fighting for survival, carrying big boxes, collecting the food left over in the street.”

For freelance web consultant Ernst Décsey who had taken a few months out of his life to travel to Asia to volunteer his time and expertise to helping deprived children, it was a raw introduction to the cause he has continued to actively support for the next 13 years.

The Cause
This year Krousar Thmey (meaning New Family in Khmer), the Cambodian charity dedicated to supporting children in difficulty celebrates its 20th anniversary. Krousar Thmey are not affiliated with any religious or political ideology. Respecting the culture and traditions of every child, they provide materials, education and social assistance to 4000 of Cambodia’s children who are most at risk, finding foster homes for street orphans, funding orphanages and all Cambodia’s schools for deaf children and blind children. To mark the anniversary, a team of volunteers have set themselves a mountain to climb, both figuratively and literally. Led by Ernst Décsey, the team intend climbing Mount Teide from sea level to peak in two days and they need sponsors to help them with every step.

In between training in the French Alps and trying to raise sponsorship, I caught up with Ernst (above) and asked him how a Swiss web consultant had become involved in a Cambodian children’s charity.
“I heard of Krousar Thmey through a professor at my university and I contacted them before visiting Cambodia in 1997. They liked the idea of building a web site, so I went and visited them. I stayed with the association for 3 weeks. When back in Switzerland I built their first website and became a member for the Swiss support Committee.”

“Krousar Thmey is an amazing association,” Ernst tells me. “Its administrative expenses are less than 4% per year, something very rare in the humanitarian world. The association was founded 20 years ago and is now run by Cambodians, for Cambodians. This was the objective of the founder, Benoit Duchateau-Arminjo, who also decided right from the start to focus the help towards the most deprived children, the deaf and blind. When I was in Cambodia I immediately felt that Krousar Thmey was outstanding for its philosophy, its management and the trust it put in Cambodians.”

The Challenge
It was while climbing in the French Alps that Ernst completed his first 3000 metre climb and like everyone else who achieves a personal best, he immediately started thinking about his next, and bigger climb. But this time he wanted to do it to raise funds for the organisation he had seen making such huge life differences to the children of Cambodia.
As Ernst has family living in the Canaries, climbing Mount Teide by a route that represents the largest vertical climb possible in Europe seemed the perfect project for 2011.

Out of the 15 person team, only three have undertaken the climb before. Beginning from sea level increases the challenge significantly and the climbers expect their first day to be extremely tough. They’ll climb 3200 metres over a distance of 25 kilometres with no water station en route which means they’ll have to carry four litres of water each. As much as the physical challenges, it’s the mental strength required to undertake the journey that will be the toughest part.
“Knowing that we do this for the children in Cambodia will motivate us!” says Ernst. “Knowing that people have made donations will be an encouragement for us to go higher and to reach the summit at 3,718 meters!”

The Pay Off
Teide 2011 needs sponsors to help the team to make it to the summit of Mount Teide. For every metre of sponsorship the team receive, they will be able to climb higher. For every 10 Euros they collect, the team will climb another metre which means they need 37,180 Euros to make it to the summit. Just to round things off, their target is 38,000 Euros. The team are all sponsoring their own costs and expenses and every Euro they make will go directly to Krousar Thmey.

The team will all assemble on Tenerife on 8th September in preparation for their climb. Tenerife Magazine wishes them all the very best of luck and will be following their progress closely through their Facebook and Twitter.

Making A Donation
You can help Ernst and the team achieve their goal and you can make a difference to a child’s life by making a donation. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you give, every cent is a step closer to their target. You can donate directly online or arrange a bank transfer at the Krousar Thmey website.

Photos by M.Orlovic/UNANGO


Puppy Love – K9 Plan Their 2011 Calendar

Have you ever seen a skateboarding dog ? Or a pooch making music on a laptop ? Or a pup driving a truck ?

No … ? Well you might be about to make their acquaintance when K9 launch their wooftastic 2011 calendar, featuring puppies from the rescue shelter in a variety of cute, fun and unusual settings.

These images will brighten up anybody´s wall throughout 2011, and the calendar is certain to appeal to a wide market. Everyone loves puppies ““ especially when they’re as cute as these cheeky chappies !

But K9 need your help to bring these wonderful woofers to a wall near you. K9 receives no funding from any official body, and relies solely on the generosity of the general public, so they really need sponsors to help finance the project.

For a small donation, your business (or even a private individual) can sponsor a month in the calendar with their logo, advertising copy, and a message of support. For an even smaller donation you can share a page.

All profits from the calendar will go towards the ongoing costs of feeding and caring for the 80+ dogs and cats in the K9 kennels at San Miguel.

The photographer is Nikki Attree, who was one of the photographers for the highly acclaimed 2009 K9 calendar of Tenerife entertainers with their pets. Nikki also runs the very popular website: which is regularly featured in ´Island Connections`, ´Canarian Weekly`, and ´Tenerife News` and the calendar will be sure to get plenty of media attention and on-line publicity.

It’s planned to have 500 calendars printed and to have a Launch Party in the Los Cristianos area in October.

If you’d like to support this wooftastic calendar then please contact Nikki by e-mail or telephone Neal Paterson or Mikey Braithwaite on 619 678 384 or email Mikey.

But don’t delay – the sponsorship spaces are already being filled up and the K9 pups are going to be Big in 2011 !


Tibetan Monks v CD Tenerife Veterans football

Title: Tibetan Monks v CD Tenerife Veterans football
Location: Las Americas Stadium
Description: Err what World Cup group is this in? Well it’s a charity game and at just 3 euros for adults and FREE for kids and seniors it’s worth a look.
The CD Tenerife team includes Vitolo, Ayoze, Tonito, and Pablo Paz and we have been promised a vow of silence as far as Vuvuzelas go. Kick off at 9pm.
Date: 2010-06-19


K9 Charity Race Night – November 26th

According to their website, K9 Animal Refuge currently has 75 animals looking for a home. Knowing that the volunteers there are always stretched to the limit, with probably very little time to keep the website updated, it is more than possible that this number is sadly out of date.

Even if the number is correct, the monthly cost of keeping that many animals in puppy chow, as well as veterinary bills and sheltering, is eye-watering.

Come along and support this worthy animal charity at a fun Charity Race Night hosted at The Globe, Costa Del Silencio.

Details are:

Event: Charity Race Night in aid of K9 Animal Refuge

Date: November 26th

Time: 20.00 hrs

In Aid of: K9 Animal Refuge

Where: The Globe Bar, Costa Del Silencio

Tel: Chris or Adam on: 637569770 or 617963814.