Dear Mr Shriver,
We learned with shock of the death of your mother Mrs Eunice Kennedy Shriver.We pray for God's for all her family and others who have been bereaved.
Although I met her only for the first time at the Shanghai Special Olympics I was deeply impressed by her dedication and commitment to persons with intellectual disabilities. One could not but be swept along by her enthusiasm and even more by her gentle compassion and love. The Special Olympians could not have had a better champion for their cause.
I was struck too by how Mrs Shriver's offspring had themselves been greatly influenced by their remarkable mother. While we rightly mourn her passing we give thanks for the fact that she has left behind a solid organisation and splendid children to carry on her legacy. The Special Olympics will forever be associated with her and are her living memorial which will be carried forward especially by her children. We give great thanks to God for her. We are far better for having been touched by her and ours is a better world for having had Eunice pass through it.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory,
Special Olympics Ambassador, South Africa
Mrs. Tutu is the wife of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. She has championed many causes, including those of women. From 1976 to 1984 she served as the Director for the Domestic Workers and Employers Project of the South African Institute of Race Relations. She has travelled widely and lectures to women and youth groups, university audiences and professional associations on various aspects of South African life. She is an ambassador for Special Olympics South Africa.