Antoine Arnault, Сhairman of Loro Piana and Partner of the European Ryder Cup Team 2018, together with Evgeni Plushenko, four-time Olympic medallist, have teamed up to host a two-day charity initiative in aid of Naked Heart France. The charity, established by Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel and philanthropist, provides support to families of children with mental, physical and sensory disabilities.
The Golf For Good charity dinner was held on 27th September at a distinguished Parisian venue Le Boeuf sur le Toit (Moma Group), with an exclusive golf tournament at Golf de Joyenval held the same week. Both events, presented by Place Vendome Qatar, raised €203,100. All the funds raised will benefit the important work of Naked Heart France for children with special needs.
The intimate dinner saw a renowned audience of 100 guests from around the world including Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, Toni Garrn, Jordan Barrett, Sara Sampaio, Alexina Graham, Cindy Bruna, Soo Joo Park, Derek Blasberg and Carine Roitfeld among others and featured a live auction – conducted by Oliver Barker, Chairman, Europe, Senior International Specialist of Sotheby’s – of money-can’t-buy items inspired by the theme of golf. Among the lots are a unique Loro Piana uniform created by the brand especially for Ryder Cup, an exclusive jewellery piece by Chopard and a one-of-akind MINI personalised by renowned fashion photographer and film director Mathieu Cesar. Guests also enjoyed an unforgettable musical performance by Carla Bruni.
About Naked Heart France
In 2004 Natalia Vodianova set up the Naked Heart Foundation in order to support efforts to eradicate child abandonment in Russia, and build inspiring and accessible play facilities for children of all abilities across the country and internationally. After relocating to Paris, Natalia decided to expand her charitable initiatives and established Naked Heart France to build on and amplify the important humanitarian work the Naked Heart Foundation had started 10 years earlier for children with disabilities and conditions such as autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and other special needs.
Naked Heart France provides humanitarian support to families of children with special needs in Russia within the “Every child deserves a family” programme. Naked Heart France funds visits to Russia of international experts in issues relating to child development and mental health, and thus provides hundreds of Russian families of children with disabilities and specialists from Russian NGOs with up-to-date, proven methods of working with people with special needs.
The charity does everything possible to provide the right kind of support to enable children with special needs to grow up in their family environment; kids with disabilities in state orphanages may be subject to serious abuses and neglect that severely impede their physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. Those children with disabilities who grow up without their parents will have greater difficulty in developing their adaptive skills, and are more likely to withdraw into themselves compromising their future social inclusion as adults.
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