Renate Van Kempema cares about her world

Renate Van Kempema

Gables Great Renate Van Kempema was among the World Wingers dressed in their period Pan American Airlines uniforms atop the Pan American Float in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade earlier this year.

Still in great shape at 69 years of age, thanks to a strict diet and exercise regimen, this longtime Gables resident had no problem fitting into her 1966 Pan Am uniform and certainly does not show her age. In fact, her physical activity would challenge people half her age.

During her career, first with Pan Am and now as a Delta flight attendant, Renate has seen the world with all its wonders as well as those pockets throughout the world where hunger and poverty are the norm. Having experienced great need in post war Germany when young, she remembered how much CARE packages meant. So it was, when Renate was in a position to give back to CARE she did just that.

Over the years Renate has taken full advantage of her ability to travel to support CARE, an organization that had helped her years before and gave her hope.

With other World Wingers, an organization for which she serves as president, Renate has been involved with CARE’s learning trips for donors, with visits to CARE projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, India and South America. Every year Renate also is an active participant in CARE’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Aside from hosting numerous fundraising dinners at her Gables home featuring German specialties such as her famous apple strudel, Renate has a long history of participating in the CARE charity challenges, some of which boggle the mind.

Her most recent challenge was to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as part of one of CARE’s most demanding Charity Challenges, Jan. 25 through Feb. 5. For Renate, that was old hat as she had reached the summit of Kilimanjaro some 11 years earlier just for fun.

Also impressive was a challenge in 2010. That year this very fit senior completed the CARE bicycle tour, “Ride to End the CYCLE of Poverty,” from London to Paris, a ride that took three days and covered 234 miles. That ride alone helped her raise more than $10,000 for CARE. This is one of many active “Fund Raisers That Fight Poverty” that include walks, hikes, construction projects and biking.

While Renate also frequently models in World Wings fashion shows, modeling her blue suit and marching pillbox hat, her activity revolves around her care for others and a passion for making the world a better place.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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