Dear IMA Belgium members and partners,
Dear IMA friends,
After very careful consideration, I have decided to volunteer to be the Acting National Chairman for IMA Belgium starting as of end of July for one year, until a new National Chairman will take over. Together with the newly elected National Committee members, I trust we have the potential to build a solid, committed and enthusiastic team.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to San, Janica, Sabine, Anne-Fleur, Carine, Greet and Muriel for the many hours of hard work they performed for our association. They steered IMA Belgium through the difficult challenge of the rebranding and took on the organization of the International Training Day in Antwerp. It was not always an easy road and it deserves our respect.
My experience as former NC, NT and NPRO will hopefully bring some added value in getting the new team on track, making sure we get the basics right and that all noses point in the same direction. I look forward to meeting our new members and partners and to working together with old and new friends to do the very best we can do, and to be the very best we can be for the benefit of our association, of which I am a very proud member.
Let's get this show on the road, let's take care of what we care about!
Acting National Chairman
New IMA Belgium member, Martine Van Leuvenhage, performed an amazing feat this 11th August. She finished the 49th Annual Dodentocht ("Walk of the Dead") in Bornem in just under 21 hours. Some 12,000 people started the 100 km walk at 9 PM on Friday evening and just over 8,000 of them finished within the deadline of 24 hours. After a cold start in heavy rain during the first 4 hours, she carried on through the night fighting hypothermia, muscle cramps and blisters. Some assistance from physiotherapists and the Red Cross volunteers along the route and sheer determination kept her going and she crossed the finish line at 5.54 PM on Saturday.
Well done, Martine. We are in awe of your grit and perseverance. You have had a busy summer so far.
Best of luck in your new job at VWEW Advocaten VOF!