January 11, 2008 – The Association of Extreme Sports of Serbia and Telenor have organised a winter camp for children without parental care on Mt. Stara Planina. Twenty-five young people between nine and eighteen years of age, residents of homes for children without parental care from Belgrade, Paracin, Jagodina, Cuprija, Kragujevac and Knjazevac, took part in the seven-day mountaineering, orienteering and snowboarding camp.
With help from top Serbian athletes, children learned some of alternative sports and participated in workshops on prevention of drug addiction, alcoholism and violence.
“Combination of educational and creative workshops, sport activities and socialising is the best method to steer young people towards a healthy way of living, which is one of objectives of support to projects of this kind,” says Ana Krstic, the Telenor Foundation Manager. Ever since its establishment, the Foundation pays special attention to young people and invests in their development.
The Winter Camp on Mt. Stara Planina lasts from Jan. 05-12. This is the second time Telenor cooperates with the Association, after they jointly implemented a successful mountaineering summer camp on Mt. Kopaonik last year.
“This is the 5th camp of the Association of Extreme Sports of Serbia and the second camp supported by Telenor. The Camp participants are mostly children between 12 and 17 years of age, undergoing an important period in their growing and physical development. This is an additional reason to pay special attention to them and give them a chance to learn how to cope with future challenges on time,” explained Marko Nikolic, the Winter Camp Coordinator and the national record holder in freestyle snowboarding slope.