29 of July of 2016
While on location in Rio de Janeiro shooting the boxing inspired Brazilian Vogue August cover story, IWC brand ambassador Adriana Lima took time to meet with local children from the Laureus-supported “Fight for Peace” project in a local boxing gym. Featuring a braided hairstyle, black sweatpants and boxing gloves in red for one session, silver for the other, the Brazilian supermodel sparred with adolescents and their trainer as the younger children watched in awe.
“I feel very honoured to have the chance to be in the ring and share my passion for boxing with these children. This project improves their self-esteem and shows them how much they’re worth and how much they’re capable of. It’s a beautiful thing”, said Lima, who has been boxing as part of her personal fitness regime for over 10 years.
Fight for Peace combines boxing and martial arts witheducation and personal development to help disadvantaged young people realize their potential. The children and teenagers participating in the sparring session come from extremely poor backgrounds. Many of them live in favelas which are affected by a decade of territorial drug wars and where armed adolescents patrol the streets. Roberto Custodio, a Fight for Peace participant, has benefited from the work of the project in helping provide direction in his life.
“Sport transforms, teaches us many things that onlysport can teach to make our life more complete, like determination,resilience, companionship, care and humility,”said the Laureus “Real Hero”. “For me, ‘Fight for Peace’is a family.”
The success has already become palpable: recent results show that children who participate in the project are 68% less likely to commit a crime or carry aweapon.
Andrea Schellmoser, Marketing & Communications Director for IWC Latin America, who attended the visit and sparring session, added: “I am honoured to see that our Brand Ambassador Adriana Lima is spending her valuabletime visiting this remarkable Laureus project in her homecountry. She wholeheartedly embraces and lives IWC’s brand values such as commitment to social responsibility.”