It is heart moving to see and talk with people who have set up non-profit organizations. The passion and determination of these people is impressive. They have an incredible drive to fight against disease and do everything in their capability to make the life’s of the patients better.
Yesterday we were invited by Luc Pettavino, president of the Association Monegasque contre les Myopathie (AMM), who started Only Watch in 2005 a fundraising event for AMM. All the funds raised at Only Watch are used for research to find treatments as fast as possible in order to slow down and eventually heal Duchenne Muscular Dystrophie (DMD). HSH Prins Albert II is supporting him in this activity.
We were shown the new research laboratory on muscle dystrophies and handicaps which has been funded by the Only Watch charity auction. This new laboratory is in partnership with the world known “Centre Scientifique de Monaco” (www.centrescientific.mc) and will be officially opened in a few days.
This laboratory is in the scientific center in Monaco, which has a world reputation in working on research on Marine Biology specialized in coral, Polar Biology and Medical Biology. After visiting the Centre we were invited by HSH Prins Albert II at the reception offered at the Palace for the occasion of the celebration of 10years of Only Watch and the launch of it’s 6th edition. HSH Prins Albert II gave an opening speech followed by Luc Pettavino.
Luc Pettavino’s son is suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Luc Pettavino is working together with a team, which Ursula Ferreyrolles is part of as Vice president of AMM. Her oldest son is suffering from this disease. Luc Pettavino launched 10 years ago Only Watch and Ursula Ferreyrolles is working on Monaco’s accessibility and wrote together with Eliane Revel “Toujours un chemin” for Monaco, a touristic guide for people who are less mobile and/or in wheelchairs. She is doing everything to make the daily life of handicapped people easier to move around in Monaco. Which has already resulted in special transport and more accessibility with their wheelchairs so that these people can have a better life. She has been working hard to promote to have a law installed in Monaco for access for the disabled. The Government of Monaco promised to work on this. While speaking with her yesterday, in our Dutch native language, I noticed her determination and perseverance to make a difference, for which I do have great respect.
Peter and myself became involved with charity in 2007. At that time we were in the middle to have our watch company grow and conquer a solid place in the Swiss watch market.
Peter and myself were passionately involved in business and watch making by designing and distributing beautiful watches for Frederique Constant. We were very interested to meet other passionate entrepreneurs to share our passions. Therefore we launched the “Passion Awards” and urged people to subscribe themselves or someone they knew for being the most passionate entrepreneur. We advertised in the Financial Times to reach a large international audience and entrepreneurs. We sat up a jury with Mr. Carlo Lamprecht, who was president of the Canton of Geneva, Dr D. Turpin, director of Business school IMD in Lausanne and editor in Chief of the Financial Times Mr.H. Simonian.
At that time we were thinking about people in the for-profit sector, similar to us. When the application came in, we also received some people who were working in the non-profit. Only at that moment we realized something. “These people are actually much more passionate!”. Imagine some of these people had next to their job a for non-profit foundation. One of them was doctor W. Novick. For the Passion Awards 2007 we decided to have 2 prices, one for profit and a one for non-profit.
Now we want to contribute for people in need, next to our passion to let more people enjoy a beautiful Swiss watch.
There are so many charities and we decided to concentrate on heart and or child related charity. With our Double HeartBeat collection we emphasize partly on the charitable sponsoring to make the end consumer aware as well that they participate and help. We are in the process of setting up our foundation and are very excited to help and support people in need.
We realize each day what an immense gift it is to be healthy and live in a safe place. We want to give something back by more actively sponsoring certain heart and or child related charity.
Since 2007 we donate 50 USD per Double HeartBeat watch sold to heart and or child related charity.