On the initiative of team leader Bart Brentjens, three mountain bike teams have donated money to support a Dolphin Therapy program on the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao. Brentjens, mountain-bike ambassador of Curacao, along with a small group of other riders, visited the Curacao Sea Aquarium during last year's World Cup stop on the island. Everybody was deeply impressed to see how autistic, mentally as well as physically handicapped children responded to the dolphins.
The Dolphin, Giant Racing and Bejan teams therefore decided to take some action. The first donation, worth of €1.000,- was presented by Brentjens last week during a Curacao road race. This money will be used to give a chance to the poor local children to experience the swimming with dolphins. Brentjens hopes to continue the charity in the future. The next two seasons Ill be riding for the Dolphin Bike Team. With the team, we want to support a good cause. We would like to help the Dolphin Therapy on Curacao and try to give something back to the local people on the island.