Day 4 of the Australian Olympic Beach Volleyball Legacy - Champions in Charity - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
After having started the Champions Map journey myself and working closely with MSF for many years, I enrolled the support of Coach, Steve Anderson to help give something back to this wonderful team of Champions who tirelessly give selflessly to others, every day of their lives.
For those who do not know about the work of MSF, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.
Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF deservedly received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Steve has spent most of time training athletes and corporates and engaged heavily in local community charitable initiatives, so speaking to a group of individuals who are working globally, under the daily threat of kidnapping, in their role trying to provide medical aid in conflict zones around the world - who are not centred on self or financial gain but rather selflessly serving others - was a new experience with a whole new set of challenges. I loved the look on the team's face when Steve spoke about filling their own cup in their own lives - either spiritually, emotionally, physically or finding innovative ways to do that financially - It was clear that it was a foreign notion. Whilst essential as a skill to be able to serve others to the best of their ability, it was clear that noone in the room was used to thinking about their own needs first.
As part of his own personal London 2012 legacy, Steve donated to the team his Champions Map tools and videos.
Watch the video below on their work in South Sudan and you will see how every one working with MSF is already a Champion.