Our Board of Trustees

What do an alternative practitioner, a logistician, an ophthalmology professor and a graphic designer have in common with a lawyer?

A vision.

"Trust and confidence that the seemingly impossible can become a reality. This is exactly what this project is about", says Renate Schönbohm. "Children - humankind's most precious assets - in some situations, need safe ferries to cross the sometimes stormy ocean of life. Bowspirit Kids achieves just that - literally and figuratively. Of that I am certain, and that is the reason I am part of it."

“At first I thought my long-time friend Michael's idea to take care of injured children's souls in the form of a residential trip on board a ferry with trained medical care was a crazy one", admits Ingo Kock honestly. "However, the more I heard about his ideas via phone calls as well as when we met up in person, I recognised the potential, and decided to contribute my part to this project. Through my many years of working with apprentices from all walks of life and all parts of the world, I have learnt that many of them struggle considerably - with more than just day-to-day issues and problems. This is exactly why I believe the key to freeing these souls lies in early intervention!"

"Bowspirit Kids has the potential to not only brighten the lives of sick children, but also those of their families", Elke Thompson is convinced. "I am a mum and step mum to seven kids - my first husband died suddenly and unexpectedly, aged only 34, in 2009 - and I know first hand how much a life-threatening or rare, lifelong illness can turn a family's life upside down. In 2012, I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer; the same year my then seven-year old son got the diagnosis 'narcolepsy / cataplexy'. Tests. Check-ups. Hospitals. Fear. Not knowing. Medication. Chemo. Doctors ... - that was our new normality. As much as we tried to continue 'normally' - it was impossible. Our other children lost the part of our attention that was now taken up by fear, uncertainty, hospital appointments and treatment. The emotional stress was enormous - for everyone. Laughter almost an exception. Bowspirit Kids would have been such a great and welcome distraction, which would have provided us with new, much needed, strength and life energy. I think this idea is just great, and I am so happy that I can contribute a little bit towards the success of the project."

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Grisanti sums up: "We want to turn children's tears into tears of joy."