Gunther Van Hemelryck

SR. CIS Advisor

Belgium, Europe


De Kleine Strijders (The Little Warriors)

Main aim of the charity

The main aim is to make sure that when a familymember is in a hospital , the other familymebers are not being forgotten. The organization will help these families to make sure that this periode can be as pleasant as can be.

How the employee got involved and why

A former classroom friend gave birth to 2 lovely twin girls about 6 years ago. After 1 month they were exited to go home from the hospital and enjoy their beautiful girls, but at that time the doctors discovered something that was not quit right with one of their baby’s. While one was doing fine, the other little baby called Maartje suffered with some medical problems with her hart. So instead of going home it was directly to the operation quarters, Without knowing she would survive. Her recovery took 2 months, but none the less she had to be in surgery again once more. Again the fight to survive, again a recovery period of months. Whilst the doctors always mentioned that the change to survive was very small, this little girl became a little warrior and survived! In the meanwhile there was also Lies, the little baby sister, who needed attention, caring and loving by her parents... She was taking home, back again to the hospital with her parents, back home, back to the hospital and so on... Now, both beautiful girls are home and both are doing fine, their parents took everything what they went through and started an organization called: The Little Warriors. Their aim is to provide a helping hand to parents, brothers, sisters, family ... that are going through what they have experienced. So this period in hospital when you should be enjoying your moments with your family can be as pleasant as it has to be. How? By providing some very necessary things like, comfortable beds, a seat... but also for the little ones like a playing area, stuffed animals... So every help is required and that's why they started The Little Warriors, so that every child can be a child (this is their slogan) To help them to raise some money for them, I walked together with the parents of Maartje and a bunch of friends 100km on 9th august in 2019 That year an amount of 6000€ was raised for them . So we decided to make this an anual event , Unfortunately due to COVID-19 , the event was cancelled twice already. Hoping to make a new fresh start in 2022!

What work does the employee do for charity

Together with the parents of Maartje and a bunch of friends we walked 100km on 9th august 2019 to raise money for the organisation . This was during a famous event in Belgium called ' Dodentocht' , translated as a Deadmarch. 100km in 24 hours. Family, friends and others (DHL colleagues) showed their hart by sponsoring us for every walked mile/km.

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