STC Galway Tee Shirts in Romania
Residents of Timisoara, Romania would be forgiven for thinking that Serve the City Gallimh was some strange elite group from Germany that had come to visit their city. The truth being stranger than fiction it turned out that the STC Galway shirt that made the long journey from the west was worn by Tony Krönert of STC Berlin and was one that he had swapped for with STC Galway Director Tim O’Toole when they met at the STC International Forum in Amsterdam last October. Tony was part of a team visiting an Organisation called “Speranta” (Hope) which cares for families who have family members with disabilities. Under the old communist regime people with disabilities were put into homes outside the big cities, they were hidden and often forgotten. This organisation already exists for 25 years and wants to integrate them back into society. However many of these families live in extreme poverty and Tony says that “very often it is difficult to remind yourself that you are still in the European Union while standing in their broken homes”. But all of these people are graceful and blessed with a great heart. Tony spent three days in Timisoara and everyday he visited four different families, talked to them and heard their stories, their problems and also brought them some lunch packages.