Summary of article in Billed Bladet #48, 2013.
Written by our man on the street Ulrik Ulriksen.
As patron of the Heart Association Mary got a heart warming welcome (*) when she arrived at Randersgade School in Copenhagen. Here she was met in the school yard by more than enthusiastic pupils! She was greeted, photographed and hugged - we are not talking about a simple embrace, we are talking hugged with a capital H!
You may be forgiven for thinking it was the girls who were most eager, no, the boys were out in force as well!
One boy explaimed: "She's just so sweet", others behind him nodding in agreement.
That was on they way in, Mary had to run the gauntlet of wild schoolchildren on the way out as well! Here a couple of boys, with hood-shirts and caps, shouted: "Mary, we love you". - It must have been somewhat overwhelming for Mary.
Well, the purpose for being there in the first place was so that seventh graders could demonstrate to Mary what they had learned in regards to CPR and first aide and afterwards Mary praides the thirteen year olds: "It's fantastically good what you can do and it's important. It's a good message that you can actually make a difference with first aide. And it's cool that you can make a difference".
After that experience it was off to an excersize centre for heart patients and here Mary had the opportunity to play a slave driver. She flipped a big dice and depending on the number the poor souls had to perform a given excerzice, like doing push-ups.
On of the elderly gentlemen exclaiming after Mary flipped a fiver on him: "Phew, a fiver. That's bad. Then I'll have to lie down" - and doing push-ups.
The it was off to the Betty Nansen Theatre, where she was to present grants and this is where it became emotional for Mary.
Just prior to Mary entering the rostrum an actor had read aloud from a book called "Dear Albert", a father's detailed and emotional account about his baby-son who two days after being born had to go trhough his first heart surgery.
Mary wiped away a tear and said: "It's the second time I hear the chapter from the book Dear Albert, and again it struck me right in the heart. One can't help thinking that we can't help Albert, but we can all help saving the lives of people suffering from heart failure, by learning how to give livesaving first aide and by dare doing it".
(*) What can I say? It just came to me.
- Sorry, couldn't resist.
For those who wish to know more about what Albert's father wrote down, here is a poignant letter to his son: Journalist Thomas Aue Sobol » Kære Albert
Albert made it, not without difficulty though, but he is pretty severely handicapped.