Mallorca Wedding Benefits
On 23rd September 2006, Morten
Sondergaard and Anett Bernhardt were married in Mallorca, Spain.
Anett who had lived in South Africa met Morten Sondergaard 8 years
ago. The couple, who have two adored children, are both acutely
aware of the difference in life style between AIDS orphans in Lesotho
and those of their own children. With this disparity in mind,
they decided to celebrate their wedding by making a difference in
the lives of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Lesotho,
In lieu of wedding gifts,
the couple asked their wedding guests to make a donation to SHARED,
a Massachusetts based non-profit organization, for the purpose of
providing medicines to the charity's partner organizations, - orphanages
and district hospitals in Lesotho.
Rather than struggle with
finding the perfect gift for the couple who has everything, the
guests were only too happy to contribute to SHARED and donated more
than an incredible $9,000.00 to support this worthy cause.
SHARED will use 100% of
the wedding donations to provide medicines for some of the more
than 180,000 orphans and abandoned children in Lesotho. At the cost
of approximately $30.00 per child per year, SHARED works with its
partners in Lesotho to provide a package of basic medical care for
children. Thanks to the Sondergaards and their guests, 300
children will get the medicines they need for better health.
Morten and Anett are both
delighted that such a happy occasion as their wedding has also benefited
children in South Africa about whom they care so much.
“Weddings are about love
and commitment and this was a way which enabled everyone at the
wedding to show love and commitment to AIDS children in southern
Africa. We would like to thank our guests for their generosity and
assure the children of Lesotho of our continued support” say the
newly married couple.
Hoping that other like-minded people
will follow the Sondergaard's example, SHARED has launched a “Celebration
Gifting” program for individuals and couples who prefer donations
instead of or in addition to a traditional gift for any occasion.
Event planners, couples and party givers are encouraged to work
with SHARED to create the perfect, custom fit for the occasion.
Please contact us if you too would like to improve the health of
children in Lesotho while celebrating your special event.
By affirming the generosity
of the hosts and guests, the children in Lesotho celebrate the best
gift of all – better health.