FENIAS STANDS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 24 YEARS
Dearest Friends and Family,
We are elated with joy that we can share we have moved ahead and begun, as of this week, building Fenias prosthetic leg.
Today was however a life-changing moment for Fenias and his team, simply, Fenias stood without crutches and on two feet for the first time in his 24 years alive.
Currently, Fenias is wearing a temporary prosthetic while his custom prosthetic is in the lab being constructed over the next 7 days. In the interim, he is learning to walk on a prosthetic and attending physiotherapy as he adjusts.
This was a message shared from his prosthetic team at Harper and Kuhn Prosthetists in Johannesburg earlier. "We had a truly remarkable day today. Fenias is extremely motivated and determined. We had to pull the hand-break up a little bit to make sure he doesn’t overwork all the muscles that is now utilising while he is walking."
We will be sharing frequent updates over the next three weeks on his Facebook Page, please feel free to like, share and comment: https://www.facebook.com/thefeniasclaudioproject/. I will also share a picture and update with Fenias and the prosthetic once it is finished.
And while the Nike T-shirt in the attached picture and video says, "Just Do it" and coincidentally applicable, we proud to say, #WE JUST DID IT! A personal thank you for your support throughout this initiative, both Fenias, his family and all of us that worked on this initiative are eternally grateful.
Some additional news:
- Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Bsb Fenias Claudio will be present at the forthcoming World Championships in Plovdiv Bulgaria, and will be performing a demonstration for the opening ceremony to over 180 countries and 1000+ spectators. This will be the first time Bsb Fenias Claudio will be travelling on a plane international. His first was to South Africa this month for his procedure. We are deeply grateful to the International Taekwon-Do Federation for making this become a reality.
- 05.2019: Bsb Fenias has been nominated by the Minister of Sports in Mozambique as one of 5 candidates for the 2019 Mozambique national Sportsman of the year.
- 05.2019: Bsb Fenias Claudio recently appeared on national TV in Mozambique Featured, Surdo Moçambique.
Last round of funding:
This current trip and juncture was made possible through a recent sponsorship on the balk of the prosthetic parts from Össur South Africa https://www.ossur.co.za plus the last amount raised of $5,594 (parts / labour / medical team services). We do however still require an amount of $4,000 pertaining to travel, accommodation, pier diems, ground travel while in SA, insurance on the prosthetic leg for next three years and annual check-ups in Johannesburg for the next three years. If you may know of a friend who would find this cause of interest, please do share the following link to the existing crowd funding page on Given Gain: https://www.givengain.com/cc/thefeniasclaudioproject/
For and on behalf of Fenias, his family and ITFSA.
With sincere regards - as always,
Senior Vice President
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promote Peace at United Nations Office in Geneva
GENEVA, Switzerland (April 12, 2019) – World Taekwondo (WT) and the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) today showcased the power of taekwondo to promote peace during a joint-demonstration at the United Nations (UN) Office in Geneva.
The joint-demonstration was the fourth demonstration held over the last week to mark the 25th anniversary of taekwondo being included on the Olympic Programme and to celebrate the growing collaboration between the two federations.
The UN office in Geneva (UNOG), a symbol of unity, collaboration and international peace, provided the perfect setting for the joint-demonstration, which sent out a strong message about taekwondo’s power to teach values that transcend sport.
UN Geneva Director General Michael Moller, ambassadors, diplomatic corps, board members and staff from international organizations, including the UN, watched with awe as 28 delegates from WT and 23 delegates from ITF, showcased the skill, excitement and drama of taekwondo.
The athletes performed gravity-defying kicks, spectacular board-breaking, self-defense and graceful Poomsae skills, astonishing each member of the audience.
This is the second time WT has visited the UN offices in Geneva, after an initial visit in 2016 to discuss humanitarian and peace building initiatives. The WT Demonstration Team had the honor of performing a demonstration during that visit.
Prior to the joint performance, Director General Michael Moller said:
“The performance we are now going to see is a testament to the power of sport in bringing peace and reconciliation, friendship and harmony. We are proactively looking for ways to strengthen our cooperation with international sport federations. We are doing this because we see important synergies between the work of sport federations and international organizations. Sport is an important enabler to reach out to young people worldwide and to disseminate the values enshrined in the UN Charter
WT President Chungwon Choue said:
“It is an honor to be back at the UN office here in Geneva. WT and the UN share many of the same values. It was at the UN headquarters in New York in 2015 that we first announced the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF). Since then, we have supported a number of humanitarian and peace building initiatives all around the world.
“Today was a symbolic moment for our sport as it was the first time that WT and ITF have performed together at the UN. This sent out a strong message of collaboration and peace. We have different rules, use different equipment and some of the techniques used by our athletes have diverged. But as today’s event has proven, we are moving towards unity. I would like to thank UN Geneva Director General Michael Moller, who has hosted us here today.”
WT and the UN have enjoyed a close relationship for many years, particularly in providing opportunities for refugees. Establishing the THF to empower refugees is a critical part of these efforts. At the THF’s Humanitarian Taekwondo Center, they not only teach young people taekwondo but also how to live as global citizens. WT has encouraged other International Federations to join them in providing opportunities for young people to practice sport in refugee camps around the world.
ITF President Ri Yong Son added:
“ITF have conducted joint demonstrations with WT several times in the past with the purpose to unify taekwondo. Taekwondo is the legacy and pride of mankind as it promotes people’s health and aspires for peace and justice. I hope this historic event will be the opportunity to unify taekwondo.”
This event ensures the continued development of taekwondo, reinforcing the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games legacy of peace.
Prior to this event at UNOG, a WT and ITF joint demonstrations took place at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) under the theme of “Taekwondo for Peace.”
Zhao Houlin, ITU Secretary General said:
“The ancient taekwondo teaches respect, commitment, responsibility and perseverance. These values lie at the heart of the United Nations Charter. Like sport, information and communication technology is an important tool for development and for peace. Both promote understanding and cooperation, and we need this now more than ever.”
The joint WT-ITF demonstrations of the past week began on 5 April in Vienna, Austria where the ITF headquarters is located. The next demonstration took place on 11 April at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne in cooperation with IOC President Thomas Bach before today’s demonstrations capped off the celebrations.
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World Taekwon-Do delegation heading to North Korea to discuss cooperation
A World Taekwondo (WT) delegation left Seoul for Pyongyang on Tuesday to stage a taekwondo demonstration performance and discuss issues of cooperation with North Koreans.
The 49-member delegation, led by WT President Choue Chung-won, will arrive in Pyongyang via Beijing. The delegation will stay in Pyongyang until Saturday after receiving an invitation from the North Korean-led International Taekwondo Federation (ITF).
The delegation includes a demonstration team that is comprised of 18 South Korean taekwondo practitioners and four coaching and supporting staff members. They will have an exclusive one-hour performance at Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang on Wednesday and will showcase a joint performance with the ITF demonstration team Friday.
This is the first time since April that the Seoul-based WT demonstration team is having a performance in the North Korean capital. That month, the demonstration team visited Pyongyang with a South Korean art troupe and also performed twice.
The delegation also has five foreigners, including WT Secretary General Hoss Rafaty.
WT hopes the Pyongyang visit can further strengthen its cooperation with ITF. In April, WT executive members weren't able to make the Pyongyang trip due to schedule reasons, but this time, WT chief Choue will lead the discussions.
"We are very happy that WT can perform again in Pyongyang," Choue said at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. "Through this taekwondo demonstration performance, I hope we can contribute to the development of the inter-Korean relations." (Yonhap)
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