Bali-based humanitarian swimmer, Monte Monfore, and Australian swim instructor, Glenn Schapel, recently teamed up for the second time to organize an annual Kid’s Day at the Pool for Physically and Mentally Challenged Children. This year’s fun fest was kindly hosted by Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali in South Kuta. 15 children from the Foundation or Handicapped Children (YPAC) were treated to a day of swimming, splashing, fun and games at the luxury hotel’s beachside pool. Following the swim, the resort treated the kids to lunch at their popular Palms Restaurant.“I jumped at the chance when Glenn proposed this last year,” said California swimmer Monte. “I can’t tell you how fun this is! It’s extremely gratifying to see the children’s smiling and happy faces. We’re very appreciative of Holiday Inn for hosting this year’s event. I want to thank the General Manager, Stephane, and Activities Director, Mukti, for all their support.”
The Resort’s General Manager, Stephane Varoquier, said: “We’re very pleased to host this wonderful event to brighten the day for these special children. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is committed to supporting the Balinese community and improving the lives of the locals. We’d love to do this with Monte and Glenn and the children again sometime.”
“I’ve been teaching swimming for more than half my life,” said Glenn, who was on holiday in Bali from Adelaide, Australia. “It’s especially fulfilling to work with challenged children in the pool. I’m happy to team up with Monte and spend time with these kids while I’m in Bali and look forward to doing it again next year.”
Hotel guests were invited to join in the fun and several participated by helping with the children in the pool. “This was one of the highlights of our trip,” said John and Becky Livingston from Melbourne, Australia. “It was really fun helping and seeing the smiling faces on these kids.
Tanti, a supervisor from YPAC, added: “We are very thankful to Monte and Glenn and Holiday Inn. The children have so much fun and really enjoy this day. This is all they talk about weeks before and after the event and we can wait to do it again next year.”
Jimbaran-based YPAC is a non-denominational children’s home for mentally and physically challenged youth. Their mission is to integrate the children to lead normal lives in society. The institute receives governmental funding, but additional fund helps to purchase artificial limbs, wheelchairs, clothes, bedding, cleaning, cooking, and school supplies. A new bathroom expansion project to accommodate wheelchairs and people with prosthetic limbs is waiting for funding.
Monte Monfore is a Bali-based American long distance swimmer who works tirelessly in bringing attention and raising funds on behalf of the fight against world hunger, poverty and pollution.
Monte Monfore made a commitment to bring positive, international media exposure to the island of Bali with his ocean swimming. Since 2004, Monte’s swim events have supported tsunami victims, Yogyakarta earthquake victims, hungry children and the poor, and promoted children’s education, ocean conservation, the protection of marine animals, and the fight against climate change and global warming. His swimming supports the United Nations, UNICEF, UNDP, World Food Program, Millennium Campaign, Greenpeace and WWF initiatives. The swimmer recently orchestrated a UNICEF and Circle K partnership and is working on a project to assist raising $2.5 million for a nationwide polio immunization campaign to protect Indonesian children. Monte’s swimming also supports three children’s homes in Bali, including one for mentally and physically challenged youths.