LITTLE BIG PORTRAIT OF MARTINE ACKERMANN
Martine Ackermann’s life is full of beautiful chances- One day, she asked directions to a man in Nice, they start to talk and he will end up becoming... her husband! She moved to Monaco in 1994 and a few years later in 2011, during a three months world tour with her husband and their two children- aged 7 and 10 then- Martine made another incredible encounter, this time in Jaipur, India.
The Ackermann family crossed the path of children living in the street and the one of a man, Ramesh Paliwal, who helps them. Martine and her tribe decided to buy school supplies for these children. She made a promise to Ramesh then: “I will come back to help. “
Back in Monaco, she creates the Child Care Monaco association. Its goal is to offer an education to the most disadvantaged children. She now travels to India every year with her family to continue her educating actions for the street children of Jaipur.
Her association has now built a girl school in Rajasthan thanks to a sponsorship program (149 euros per year per child). Martine mobilizes her (many) friends and the school today welcomes 90 girls.
For three years now, Martine has been organizing an antique car race, only with women drivers to collect funds for Child Care Monaco. The last edition was on the 18 September 2016, with Prince Albert II welcoming the drivers on the finishing line. Martine has definitely kept her promise…
5 questions to Martine Ackermann
Which place do you find the most inspiring in Monaco?
Le Larvotto and the Japanese Garden
Your favorite restaurants ?
I love Miami plage ! And also le Grill with its opening roof. I can’t wait for it to re-open! I also like Fuji in the Sporting d’été. It’s a place that really makes me dream. The food is excellent and we really feel like in Japan. And of course, being born in Paris, le Quai des artistes. It makes me feel at home. I really like brasserie restaurants.
A beauty tip to share? Or your secret to stay in shape?
I like exercising in the Monte-Carlo Country Club. I find the place very motivating and the view is amazing.
A local artist you admire ?
I am a fan of Jean-Christophe Maillot who is heading the “Ballets de Monte Carlo”
Your secret addresses to share with our Little Big Monaco reader?
My restaurants: la Différance in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, la Pinède in Cap-d’Ail, but most of all La Grotte in Roquebrune Village, as I am sure to have a quiet meal as I don’t know anyone there! I also like Saint Agnès village, wander in the Vintimille shops and diving between Monaco and St Jean Cap-Ferrat. It’s quiet and stunning.
Want to know more about Martine Ackermann ?
Her association : http://www.childcaremonaco.com
Her world trip blog : http://80jourspouruntourdumondeenfamille.blog4ever.com
Her antique car race : https://www.facebook.com/events/526861544189251/
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