Once December hits, it’s usually full-on holiday madness. Anyone and everyone is obsessed with finding the perfect gift to give. But what about those of us who are focused on giving back to the world and the community, rather than giving gifts? This year, we want to focus on giving back instead.
We’d like to highlight some of our wonderful, charitable Ro’heroes who are truly making a difference in this world. So, without further ado, let us introduce you toCaroline Clot, one of our amazing Ro’heroes this month.
Hi Caroline! We are so excited to learn about you and your charitable efforts. Will you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Caroline, I’m 24 years old and I live in Amsterdam. I participated in a few Rocycle classes a while ago and really enjoyed it, as it was completely different to other workouts I had done before. I enjoy riding the bicycle while training my whole body and all whilst listening to songs that motivate me even more. A friend of mine is a fanatic Rocycler, and a couple weeks ago she pointed out that Rocycle is organising rides in December for charities. I looked it up on the Rocycle Instagram, and when I saw the post, I immediately wanted to do this!
We’re thrilled you’re such a fan of Rocycle and even more so that you’re organising a charity ride with us! Give us a little bit of background on your efforts to help prevent child marriages.
Together with the organization Plan International Nederland, I will cycle 500km across Malawi in a week next June. The group consists of 18 people, and we all have to raise a minimum of €4000. Plan International Nederland works together with Plan International Malawi to help educate children and young people, as well as parents, community leaders and the government, to identify, understand and end harmful practices. During the week we will also visit the various projects, and we’ll see the impact of all of their hard work.
500 kilometres! That’s quite a distance. And how are you raising money for the cause yourself?
The Rocycle ride was the first event I hosted to raise money for the cause. I still have quite some time to raise the money, so I will have to come up with more events or other sponsor strategies (like approaching companies to sponsor in exchange for a spot on my t-shirt that I’ll be wearing during the trip).
We can’t wait to see what else you come up with. When you’re not helping out young women in trouble, are there any other causes that are close to your heart?
I am a real animal lover, so I have donated to WNF for quite some time. In the past I have also donated to Stop Aids Now and Nederlandse Hartstichting.
Those are fantastic causes as well! Speaking of excellent causes, do you have any advice on how to find a cause you love and get involved?
Keep the cause close to yourself; for me Cycle for Plan is the perfect cause because I’m challenging myself by cycling 500 km in 7 days, but the bigger challenge is to help the young girls in Malawi who don’t have the same rights and opportunities as I (and most other girls of my age in the Netherlands) do. The personal aspect of this cause makes me evenmore motivated to train my ass off and raise the money in the hope that my hard work will help at least a few girls in Malawi.
We love that. Truly inspiring words. So we’re at the final question: what does giving back mean to you?
I have been very privileged with my family, my education, the friends I’m surrounded by and the safe environment I live in, but the girls in Malawi are not as privileged as I am. Giving back means helping someone else. For me, it doesn’t even matter how you help someone or with what, as even the smallest contributions can make an enormous difference in someone’s life.
Support Caroline here.