Ambassadors for DINNoedhjaelp
Our ambassadors are important to us and the work we are doing as they help to set a focus on DINNoedhjaelp’s work in their own personal way. All of them make an important contribution, both to spread awareness of DINNoedhjaelp, and also to raise money.
Our ambassadors are all enthusiasts with their hearts in the right place. We hope that you will let yourselves be inspired by these people, and live by the slogan of DINNoedhjaelp: “Help One Person Everyday”!
We would like to introduce you to these amazing people, so you can get a glimpse of who they are and why they have chosen to support DINNoedhjaelp.
Almaz has three children, works as a department manager and has lived in Denmark since 1986. At eight years old, Almaz was involved in a traffic accident in which she lost both of her lower legs/limbs. However this hasn’t been an obstacle for her to reach her goals and break the boundaries that one with a handicap of her character can accomplish:
In 2013, Almaz heard of DINNoedhjaelp for the first time, and she knew immediately that she wanted be a part of it. In 2014, she decided that she would be the first Danish double amputee woman, who completed a triathlon, and in that way create focus on DINNoedhjaelp. Since then Almaz has completed several triathlons, where she has raised money for DINNoedhjaelp. Almaz doesn’t compare herself with an athlete, but she trains and participates in rallies, because it serves a higher emergency purpose. In addition, Almaz is giving lectures, where she talks about her exciting childhood in Ethiopia, where she also donates some of her earnings to DINNoedhjaelp. Almaz always setsnew goals for herself and what she can do on her two metal legs – this will be documented on the TV. If you want more information about Almaz and her amazing initiatives for DINNoedhjaelp, you can follow her on Facebook: “Almaz Mengesha – dobbelt benamputeret triatlet”
Bjørn is married, has 3 children, and since 2001 he has been employed as a police officer in Norway. He spends his spare time as a football coach for children, and in addition he writes as a freelance writer in various Norwegian Medias on topics that matters to him. It is very important for him that all children has a good life – with lots of options for security, love and happiness.
Bjørn became aware of DINNødhjælps work for the first time, when the image of Hope went viral. Bjørn started out by sending a poem to DINNoedhjaelp, stating why Hope had made an impression on him (the poem can be read on our Facebook page: DINNødhjælp – Deres overlevelse). This interest developed rapidly, and he started to collect football clothes to the children at our Children Center– the response was huge and all of the biggest football clubs agreed to participate.
These included a signed Real Madrid outfit from Norwegian football star Martin Ødegaard, signed national team suits from Denmark and from F.C. Copenhagen.
But Bjørn is best known for his campaign – One Word To One World. There was a sharing of HOPE greetings to all the children in the world. The campaign went viral and many thousands have since shared a picture on their Facebook page holding a sign, with HOPE written on it, including famous actors, singers, etc.
Leif has lived with his girlfriend for the past 19 years and together they have three children, he is self-employed and for the last 10 year he has also operated a sports educational consulting, along with his good friend Jesper Grothe Pedersen. The work is mainly to motivate children and young people to work out more in their everyday life – people of all ages need to play, and adults often overlook the enormous source of energy and creativity one gets through playing, by considering it as a concept only for children. They will also hold courses for Teachers and entrepreneurial projects i.e. establishment of sports opportunities for children and young people with special needs.
The first time Leif became aware on DINNoedhjaelp was in 2013, his mission was to collect funds for DINNoedhjaelp towards an Ironman challenge. On August 24, 2014 Leif participated in a series of running, cycling and triathlon distances, in which he ran with DINNoedhjaelp logo on his clothes, while he distributed about 500 flyers about DINNoedhjaelp. He crossed the finish line after 11 hours and 45 minutes. With help from his network, he managed to raise 30,000 DDK for DINNoedhjaelp. Since then, Leif has participated in several races, with the aim to raise awareness of DINNoedhjaelp and continue to raise funds. Leif is in the process of organizing a new event for the benefit of DINNoedhjaelp, this is still on the drawing board – Follow him on his Facebook page: “MIN motivation – DIN Nødhjælp – DERES overlevelse” to read more about his performance and his future projects for DINNoedhjaelp.