Monte Quotes

Once every five seconds a child dies from lack of food. This means in the two and a half hours I swam roughly two thousand children died. And while you slept last night another six thousand children died. And every year nearly six million children die of hunger. But something can be done about this with the World Food Programme 'Global School Feeding Programme' ...

Lombok Fight Hunger Swim - May 10, 2007
    United Nations World Food Programme

This swim is to call attention to the devastation of the earthquake and the dire circumstances of those still suffering from the tragedy. Nearly 6000 people lost their lives and some 650,000 displaced persons require urgent humanitarian assistance. Once again this beautiful country has been hit by a natural disaster and the Indonesian people need our support now.

Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Swim - June 9, 2006
    United Nations World Food Programme

This swim is for the people affected by the Yogya quake. Hundreds of thousands have lost nearly everything and now they must begin rebuilding their lives. This recovery will cost an estimated US$100 million. These wonderful people need help now. Please give generously to the World Food Programme. You can make a difference at www.wfp.org.

Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Swim - June 9, 2006
    United Nations World Food Programme

"The ocean is dying....15 years ago I used to see dozens of reef sharks and turtles every week. Now I rarely see them. The beautiful coral reefs are also dead or dying. The major cause of this destruction is global warming....which must be stopped."

Reverse Climate Change Swim - December 10, 2007
    United Nations Climate Change Conference

Now that I'm getting more media attention one of my goals is to keep the tsunami victims in the news. Billions of dollars have been pledged, but this story is no longer front-page news. Many people have forgotten about the Acehnese and I'm trying to relay the message that the difficult part has just begun. People's lives were devastated and they are just now beginning to rebuild and start over. They have a long and difficult road ahead so I'm asking everyone to please not forget them and please continue supporting their cause.

Tsunami Swim - May 3, 2005

Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day with nearly half the world's population - 2.8 billion - living on less than $2 a day. 600 million children live in absolute poverty. One third of deaths worldwide - some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day - are due to poverty-related causes. That's 270 million people since 1990, the majority women and children, roughly equal to the population of the US.

Bali Swim For Peace and Against Poverty - October 16, 2006
    United Nations Millennium Campaign

I'm beginning my swim in the darkness to symbolize that many people are 'in the dark' about world hunger. More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. And some 300 million are children. This is more than every man, woman and child in the United States. I plan to finish my swim at sunrise, to represent the hope and optimism that child hunger can be overcome.

Bali Fight Hunger Swim - May 21, 2006
    United Nations World Food Programme

When asked for comment, Monte, a confirmed ocean lover, had this heartfelt plea: "I'd like to take this opportunity to campaign for the conservation of the beautiful oceans and reefs, which cover three-quarters of the earth's surface. Awareness and diligence are necessary to safeguard this vital ecosystem, the protection of which is essential to mankind's existence and survival."

Tempo Magazine - July 7, 2003

The other reason I swim is because I absolutely love the sea. It's a beautiful and incredible place ... especially here in Indonesia. You know, three fourths of the earth's surface is covered with water. Together with the rain forests, the ocean is the most vital ecosystem on the planet. I plan to continue swimming to encourage people to take care of the sea and keep it clean. It's our responsibility to protect and safeguard the ocean for future generations.

Bali International Travel and Entertainment Magazine - July/Aug/Sept 2005

Reporter: Congratulations, Monte, a new world record!

Monte: Well thank you very much. That's nice, but what's important today... my goal with this swim, is to raise awareness to fight world hunger, and especially to feed school children. It costs just 19 cents to feed a child through the World Food Programme 'Global School Feeding Programme'. To learn more, or make a donation, please go to www.fighthunger.org.

Bali Fight Hunger Swim - May 21, 2006
    United Nations World Food Programme

This swim is part of the United Nations Millennium Campaign Stand Up event, in which millions of people around the world and some 300,000 here in Indonesia are Standing Up against poverty and Standing Up for the Millennium Development Goals. We are the first generation that can end poverty. If we speak as one loud voice the world will listen.

Bali Swim For Peace and Against Poverty - October 16, 2006
    United Nations World Food Programme

When asked why he swims Monte responded, "My main objective is to swim in support of environmental and humanitarian causes. Another thing I hope to achieve is, in a small way, contribute to a better understanding between people of different parts of the earth. I live on the Hindu island of Bali, for example, in the middle of the largest Muslim nation and third largest democracy in the world, and I see a different face of Islam than is often depicted on television screens across the globe. I've traveled throughout this archipelago and have experienced nothing but smiling faces and kindness. I love this beautiful country and its wonderful people and plan to spend the rest of my life here. And it's my intention to promote Bali and Indonesia internationally with my swimming whenever possible.

Reverse Climate Change Swim - December 10, 2007
    United Nations Climate Change Conference
Monte's swimming supports
Bali-based Advice For Life and Baitul Muslimin Orphanages,
Bali Community Cares organization for children of HIV/AIDS patients,
and the World Food Programme 'Global School Feeding Programme' for hungry children.