[caption id="attachment_26415" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2016 launch of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA. Photo: Getty/Palais Princier[/caption]
According to the World Health Organisation, drowning “claims a life every 85 seconds” worldwide. Since its launch in December 2012, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been working to combat this affliction.
HSH Princess Charlene said: "My Foundation is dedicated to saving lives. In the ‘Learn to Swim’ and ‘Water Safety’ programmes, my Foundation teaches school-age children swimming and water safety skills and trains bystanders in safety rescue and resuscitation.”
The Princess, who hosted the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in June, added, “Sport has the power to inspire young people and transform lives. This is central to the ‘Sport and Education’ programme.”
Some of the highlights over the last five years include the first ever swim programme in Agadir, Morocco, in 2013, the 2014 inauguration of the Centre de Sauvetage Aquatique de Monaco (CSAM – or Monaco Lifesaving Centre), the launch of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA in 2016 and, also that year, World First Aid Day in Switzerland.
This year saw the start of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, the wonderful Saint Devote Rugby Tournament and a visit to the municipal swimming pool Princess Charlene of Monaco in La Turbie.
The first Prix Princesse Charlène de Monaco-Charity Mile at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer also took place this year.
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Under the leadership of Princess Charlene, the Foundation continues its mission relentlessly. Many projects will be developed in the near future notably in Japan, Australia and Burkina Faso with the inauguration of the Aquatic Rescue Centre.
The Princess, who penned her first Op-Ed on June 16, 2017, to coincide with Day of the African Child, believes that “teaching children essential life-saving skills and the values of discipline, teamwork and respect for oneself and others will enable them to lead safe and fulfilling lives”.
Over the five years, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has developed a total of 149 projects in 33 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zimbabwe.
The Foundation has not only taught thousands of children how to swim, but also raised awareness of the problem around the world.
[caption id="attachment_26232" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prince Albert receives imprint No 01 of “Bicentennial Calendar” from Colonel Fringant, Superior Commander of the Police Force, in the presence of Princess Stephanie and her son, the Carabinier of first class Louis Ducruet. Photo: Facebook J. Charles VINAJ/Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince[/caption]
The closing gala dinner marking the bicentenary of the creation of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince – the Prince’s Guard – was held on Friday, December 8, at the Salle des Etoiles in the presence of Prince Albert.
The Prince received imprint No 01 of the “Bicentennial Calendar” from Colonel Fringant, Superior Commander of the Police Force, in the presence of Princess Stephanie and her son, the Carabinier of first class Louis Ducruet.
Throughout the year, a series of commemorations marked the occasion, including an exhibition at the Prince's Palace, entitled "Two centuries of history, 1817-2017" from June 13 to October 15.
The Prince's Carabinieri Orchestra also took part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August, in the presence of the Prince.
A stamp marking the bicentennial was published by the Monaco Stamp Office and a commemorative coin of two euros was minted, with 15,000 pieces.
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The 31st edition of the annual Telethon Monaco, to support the fight against rare, genetic diseases, kicked off yesterday, with the official opening of Telethon Village in the Port (South darse) followed by a Ferrari and Harley Davidson parade.
Entertainment includes ladder climbing with the Monaco Fire Department, stalls selling clothes and toys, Ferrari and Harley Davidson tours, laser rifle shooting, Scrabble tournaments and workshops. Temporary tattoos and hair braiding will also be available, and refreshments will be provided by the association Goutte d'Eau.
On Saturday, the agenda offers Handi Country at 2:30 pm, followed by Zumba (3:30 pm) and a lantern parada at 5:30 pm. At the Théâtre des Variétés, there’s a Studio de Monaco show (3 pm). A white truffle dinner, (€25/person) will be served at 8:30 pm.
On Sunday, there's an Athena Music concert (2 pm), Zumba (4:30 pm) and a tombala (6 pm).
The Monaco Telethon Organisation shares a common goal with AFM-Telethon, the French Muscular Dystrophy Association, which not only supports rare disease research but also helps to support patients and families during each stage of the disease, from diagnosis to housing and care, and from education to employment.
Donate in person, by phone 3637 or online. Contact Telethon Monaco on +377 97 77 36 37 for more details.
Thursday 7 December, 6.30 pm, Variety Theatre
From restraint to excess. Lecture on “Anselm Kiefer: Falling Stars (Assuming Chaos)” by Christian Loubet, Honorary Professor of Mentalities and the Arts, speaker. Organised by the Monegasque Association for the Appreciation of the Arts
Information: +377 97 70 65 27