The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association is dedicated to providing help, attention and care to children
and pregnant women with HIV/AIDS, as well as educating communities about this disease.
'Starfish' is inspired by an ancient Indian saying - "Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime".
St*rfish Story (from
an ancient legend)
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early morning as I was walking along the
discovered a figure at a distance moving
like a dancer.
I got closer I noticed that the figure
was a young girl
9-10 years old and she wasn't dancing.
was reaching down to the shoreline
up small objects and throwing them into
I came even closer, I said 'Good morning,
what are you doing?'
paused a little out of breath, looked
up and said,
starfish into the sea',
are you throwing them back there?' I asked,
said, 'The sun is getting hot and the
tide is going out,
I don't throw them in, they'll die'.
couldn't help saying 'But there are miles
hundreds of starfish, d'you think it makes
gave me a very serious look and bent down
picking up another starfish
threw it into the sea,
it splashed into the water she said 'It
makes a difference to that one '.