Claudine Pereira remembered
Throughout December families gather in their Christmas-decorated homes around the candles. On December 18 2008 one of our most beloved and brightest burning candles was blown out. Claudine Pereira’s candle was only half burned down when she left us. She left behind a very close family as well as countless friends.
Claudine, most of your life you spent helping others. Whenever a friend was sick or in need, you would be the first to call and offer your help. You did not only do this for friends but were also involved in helping lots of people you did not know. That is why you were so instrumental and active in several projects in the Saanenland. As I recall your idea was: “We are living here in this beautiful, peaceful place so it is our duty to give something back to the people here”. You, Jorge and some of your friends founded the organization “Friends of the Hospital of Saanen”; and later also “Friends of Saanenland”. The latter was to fulfill one of your big dreams to build or restore a place for old people in Saanen. With your own money and money you raised, you bought a car for the disabled so Spitex could drive them to doctor appointments, and already very sick and unable to do it yourself, you made sure that the check for some restoration was delivered to the Old People Home in Saanen. In both organizations it was not only the money which was spent. You personally went and talked to everyone and made sure it was used the proper way. With your never-ending enthusiasm, you infected many of your friends to make generous donations; to buy an ambulance, to build a new wing to the hospital, or buying new medical equipment, just to mention a few.