Russian yachtsman and participant of the prestigious sailing race across the Atlantic Mini Transat 2019 Fedor Druzhinin has started cooperation with the charity project ‘Kids For Freedom’ for children from low-income families and children from orphanages from all around the world. Such a step will expand the geography of the young participants and sponsors of the annual sailing camp. The first race in partnership with K4F was held in France at the qualifying stage of the Mini Transat ─ Pornichet Select 6.50.
Socially-oriented projects are quite often supported in sailing: in cooperation with organizers of different championships, individual successful athletes or crews. There are environmental projects aimed at combating environmental pollution. For example, this year the team ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ acts under the flag of the United Nations on the ocean race Volvo Ocean Race. Or these projects help to fundraise for patients with serious illnesses. Last year the 35th America's Cup celebrated the anniversary in partnership with the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The Australian Sailing Team (AST) works with Melanoma Patients Australia ( MPA). Extreme Sailing Series worked with The McGrath Foundation during the competition in Australia. Sailing charity events are regularly held around the world with the involvement of business leaders and the media.
A special place among social initiatives is occupied by charity yachting projects for children from low-income families and boarding schools with the aim of getting involved in sailing and the possibility of obtaining important social skills. Since the existence of the ‘Kids For Freedom’ project, more than 1000 children have been able to visit the Mediterranean, where they learned to work in a team, self-discipline and responsibility, which is inextricably linked with life on the yacht, and also for the first time overcame language, religious and other "adults" barriers.
Fedor Druzhinin, participant of the Mini Transat 2019, commented cooperation with ‘Kids For Freedom’: "Today it is especially important to unite efforts to solve socially significant problems. And if I can draw attention to the issue of popularizing yachting for the younger generation or to support fundraising for those children, this is the essence of my mission at Mini Transat".
Fedor Druzhinin is currently qualifying to participate in the Mini Transat 2019 and is now completing a 1,000-mile single sail. In May, he also plans to take part in the regatta Mini en Mai, which will be held in La Trinité sur Mer in France.
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