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The Sad Passing of Our Friend & Colleague Mike Raikovitz
Oct 20, 2015

ChildFund lost a member of its wider family recently with the sad passing of Mike Raikovitz at just age 59.  Mike was Director of Child Sponsorship for ChildFund International, and was a hugely popular and respected figure across the wider ChildFund Alliance.    Our Chief Executive Michael Kiely has penned the following tribute to Mike;

Mike Raikovitz 1956 - 2015

Mike Raikovitz: 1956 – 2015

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike Raikovitz since 2003 and I had the great pleasure of working closely with him since 2008, i.e. since the creation of the Sponsor Relations Network and ever since its inaugural meeting of the same network in Ecuador in 2008.  At that meeting and subsequent SRN meetings he so gladly and calmly shared his experience and expertise with so many Sponsor Relations Managers and SR staff worldwide, was a great pleasure to witness and an experience in itself to watch.  His composure, professionalism, enthusiasm, warmth and inimitable delivery show-cased him as a real pillar.  Mike was truly a WOW guy and a thorough gentleman and a great believer and advocate for children through the sponsorship relations system.  As I got to know him, as did other staff in ChildFund Ireland, we became good and may I say genuine friends over the years which is kind of unusual in the day-to–day environment of the international “rush rush” stratosphere.  He was known and appreciated from A to Z, Angola to Zambia and I’m just glad the letter I was included in Mike’s world.

Ar dheis Dé a anam dhílis…

Michael Kiely

Chief Executive

ChildFund Ireland


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