In memory of Olga Havel

ln February 1990, President Havel was on a state visit to Canada. When Mrs. Olga Havel, in a meeting with compatriots, described the plight of health services left by the communists, Mr. Karel Velan, a Canadian industrialist of Czech origin, offered to help.

Visiting Czechoslovakia 2 months later, his gift of $100,000 which went to a children's hospital in Brno, triggered the start of the Committee of Good Will (Výbor dobré vůle), known later as the Olga Havel Foundation.

„We wish that the right for dignified life is also enjoyed by those who live with handicap or mental illness, abandoned and old people, those who have a different skin colour or a different way of life, those in poverty or attacked by a malignant disease.“ Olga Havel
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