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Published: Thursday, 28.05.2015

'SOS Children's Village taught me what it meant to be a child, to have brothers and sisters and grow up surrounded with love’

Ljupčo from Macedonia and Daniel from Bulgaria grew up in SOS Children's Village. To show how thankful they are for the happy childhood and secure future they were given by their SOS families, they dedicated themselves to spreading the message of hap

Ljupčo Krstev from Macedonia and Daniel Milenov from Bulgaria are adults now and this is the second year in a row that they will be going on a humanitarian cycling tour through SOS Children's Villages to highlight the important role that SOS played in their lives. Ljupčo and Daniel grew up in SOS families. In the period between May 30 and June 23 they will be cycling from Skopje (Macedonia) to Imst (Austria) in celebration of their happy childhood. They plan to cross 2.200 km and visit all SOS Children's Villages in six Balkan countries. The goal of the tour is to spread the message of SOS Children's Villages around the world – that they provide safe home and happy childhood. Ljupčo is an SOS child, as is Daniel. Ljupčo lost his parents when he was a baby and he lived in an orphanage until he was eight, when he was placed in the SOS Children's Village. ‘That was the day my life changed completely. Now I see clearly how fortunate I was to live in the Village. That is where I learned what it meant to be a child, to have brothers and sisters, to be part of a family and have someone’s love and attention. I regained my trust in people and learned to love and be loved’, says Ljupčo, who will be cycling with Daniel Milenov, a former SOS child from an SOS family in Sofia (Bulgaria). The tour will begin in the SOS Village in Skopje, where Ljupčo grew up, and end in Imst in Austria, where the first SOS Children's Village was founded in 1949. 'I am cycling in honor of children who found their family and a home full of love and happiness in SOS Villages, just as I did”, said Ljupčo on the eve of venturing on this adventure for the second time. In April last year, he and his friend Daniel crossed 1.500 km in six countries. 'We cycled in sunshine, rain, fog, even the snow. It was difficult, but we persisted, driven by the huge desire to share our story of growing up in the SOS Children's Village with the world and to inspire other people to help children. We are also asking you to support our tour and to say YES to a happy childhood!’ said Ljupčo, adding that what inspired him the most during the tour were the children he met in all the Villages on the way. Many children see Ljupčo as a role model and a hero, and he is incredibly glad that he has inspired them to try and achieve something great themselves. Ljupčo’s and Daniel’s adventure will begin on Saturday, May 30, coinciding with the SOS Children's Village Lekenik traditional bike tour, and end when they reach their destination in Imst, Austria, on June 23. They are expected in Croatia on June 12. They will spend two days in SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci, resting and getting to know the children there, and then continue their journey by cycling to Lekenik, where they will enjoy the hospitality of the local SOS Children's Village on June 14-15.

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