Once upon a time a fairy into the world of climbing

It is with much emotion that we come to you. Almost 8 months ago, hundreds of you  testified of the friendship, be it close or remote, you had with Chloé. You expressed how much her short life has had meaning for you. Your testimonies both upset us and supported us.

Her disappearance in the mountains left our arms empty but our heart filled with her presence. We have asked ourselves a lot of questions regarding the meaning of her terribly short life, about her involvement, and about your testimonies.

All this has led us to publish the texts of Chloé. Even if the starting motivation was to leave a trace of our daughter, very quickly, her texts, and yours, brought us on another path: to be witness and visionary of a life’s project that she gave us – as a treasure – and to share it with you all.

If this sharing is already done via a book and a dvd, we wanted go even further by creating the non-profit association  “CHLOE GRAFTIAUX PASSION TOGETHER”. … we are sure that she would have appreciated.

To be able to live her passions, in addition to her will, Chloé received small nudges in the right direction here and there. The objective is to continue this by giving similar nudges to the young people who have projects in climbing, in mountain sports or in mountain assistance,  but with the goal of sharing a passion.

To do this, we initially decided to sell the book+DVD at the cost price to allow a maximum of young people access to it. It is left up to you if you wish to offer more… All the generated benefits will be transferred to this association which will financially support certain projects on a yearly basis. The practicalities  will be defined in the weeks to come and published on the site of Chloé: www.chloegraftiaux.com. We thus invite you to widely disseminate this information through your channels of information: friends, clubsites, in competitions, facebook… all means are good.

We are open as well to all those interested to support the project more widely and to in one way or another invest in it with us: info@chloegraftiaux-passion-together.com

Concretely, we invite you to order the book as soon as possible with the form joined, which you can return to us by email or to fill it out on line on the site of Chloé. For the payment, we ask you to privilege electronic money transfer which does not cause any additional expenses. We also ask you not to await the publication of the book to proceed to the purchase – this enables us to determine how much copies to print. The technical and budgetary constraints will prevent any form of republication.

The publication of the book and the official launch of the association “CHLOE GRAFTIAUX PASSION TOGETHER” could only be done “TOGETHER”. A fortnight of climbing will be organized from August 21st to August 31st in Namur and Freyr, in close cooperation with the Tourist office Jambes and the Belgian Alpine Club. Through various animations, all the passions of Chloé will be shared. The program will be widely diffused via various channels

In the name of Chloé, thank you all for your reception … and thank you once more for your warm support.

Anne-Francoise and Joel

Et en Belgique…

Pour permettre à tout le monde de nous rejoindre pour partager quelques moments en lien avec Chloé, surtout ceux qui sont partis aux championnats du monde d’escalade junior à Edimbourg, nous avons décidé de déplacer l’hommage de Chloé en Belgique. Il aura bien lieu le dimanche 12 septembre mais à 18h à la place de 15h. D’autre part, nous retrouverons plutôt à la salle d’escalade de Roc Evasion à Jambes (rue d’Enhaive 142, derrière la piscine ). Merci à vous tous.

Chloé chérie

Chloé chérie,

Tu nous as été arrachée…c’est bien le mot. Notre peine est tellement grande que nous n’en voyons pas le fond comme le vide qui t’a happée. Pourtant, tu es toujours là, pour nous, pour tes amis, pour tous ceux qui ont croisé ton chemin. Tu es à jamais la vie, la vie avec passion, avec détermination, sans arrière pensée, sans retour en arrière, avec joie et fougue… Tu es Chloé, notre fille, notre soeur, notre amie, au présent.

Maman, Papa, Alix, Quentin, Marie, Manoé, Robin.

Si vous souhaitez lui dire au revoir à distance, vous pouvez le faire ici sur son site. Cela nous réchauffera le coeur. Pour ceux qui auront la possibilité de se déplacer, nous vous tiendrons au courant.

Edit: 23/08/2010

Pour celles et ceux qui le souhaitent, sachez qu’un hommage sera rendu à l’église d’Aussois en Maurienne ce mercredi 25 août à 10h30. Si vous ne pouvez vous y rendre, une rencontre se tiendra également à Namur le dimanche 12 septembre à 15h au Restaurant social Le Perron de l’Ilon, Rue du Lombard.