Solheim star Suzann Pettersen spent a week in Mozambique this month as ambassador for Right To Play, whose mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities.
"I just had the week of my life in Mosambik! The experience was surreal and it’s hard to put words to the emotions and feelings seeing and being around the kids."
Suzann has since 2009 been a proud and important Ambassadors for Right To Play (RTP) (www.righttoplay.com). During the time period, October 2 to 8, Suzann traveled to the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, to visit schools and children who are positively affected by the great work provided by RTP.
RTP have assisted more than 45,000 children in Mozambique during 2012. During the days in Mozambique Suzann visited six schools, four of the region around Maputo and 2 in Xai-Xai, which is located approximately 220 km north of Maputo.
Suzann took time off from practice and competitions that week and was absolutely wonderful with the children. She danced, sang and participated in all the games and showed great care and enthusiasm. Suzann has taken great pride in being an Ambassador and has raised more than USD 90,000 for RTP’s work in Mozambique through her own fundraiser related to her golf tournament in Oslo.
Suzann said: “This is one of the most eye-opening and emotional experiences I have ever taken part of. Some of the kids here live in very tough and challenging conditions, but still smile and are happy every day. They take care of one another, and it is a fantastic feeling being around them. It has been great to see all the fantastic work that RTP do here in Mozambique, and I am very happy I was able to contribute though Suzann Pro Challenge. “
Mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries, but the country has over the past 10-15 years has been a very positive development in the economy. Approximately 22 million people live in Mozambique with about 1.3 million in the capital Maputo.
An inspiring and humbling experience, Suzann shares her experiences on her blog www.suzanngolf.com and some of her amazing photos.