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Old 12-09-2005, 03:24 AM
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Make A Difference Day; December 9 and 10, 2005

From www.koninklijkhuis.nl (in dutch):

Leden Koninklijk Huis en andere prominenten nemen deel aan Make a Difference Day op 9 en 10 december 2005

Hare Majesteit de Koningin en andere leden van de Koninklijke familie doen vrijdag 9 en zaterdag 10 december mee met Make a Difference Day (MADD), de landelijke vrijwilligersdagen.

Tijdens MADD kan iedereen zich maatschappelijk betrokken tonen door zich op één of twee dagen vrijwillig in te zetten voor anderen. Ook leden van het kabinet en parlementariërs nemen deel aan vrijwilligersprojecten die deze dag plaatsvinden. MADD is een van de nationale activiteiten in het kader van het Zilveren Regeringsjubileum van Koningin Beatrix, en wordt mede ondersteund door het Nationaal Comité Zilveren Regeringsjubileum.

Hare Majesteit de Koningin helpt zaterdag 10 december 's-ochtends in woonzorgcentrum De Liendert in Amersfoort. Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid Prins Constantijn en Zijne Hoogheid Prins Pieter-Christiaan fluiten bij voetbalvereniging CJVV in Amersfoort ieder een helft van een wedstrijd voor gehandicapten. Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Prinses Laurentien pakt 's-middags levensmiddelen in bij de Voedselbank in Lelystad. Hunne Hoogheden Prins Bernhard en Prinses Annette assisteren bij Mappa Mondo in Wezep. 's-Avonds serveren Hunne Hoogheden Prins Maurits en Prinses Marilène bij Happietaria in Groningen een diner voor gezinnen van asielzoekers. Prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven is 10 december 's-avonds in de NCRV tv-uitzending over MADD. Vrijdag 9 december nemen Hunne Hoogheden Prins Floris en Prinses Aimée deel aan een actie van de Vrijwillige Politie in Maastricht.

Zaterdag 10 december kookt minister-president Balkenende in Lopik voor gasten van Nationale Vereniging de Zonnebloem. Vice-minister-president Zalm helpt in Amersfoort bij het bloembollen planten, vice-minister-president Brinkhorst is in Utrecht behulpzaam bij het maken van een tijdschrift voor een jongerencentrum. De voorzitter van het Nationaal Comité, tevens Eerste Kamervoorzitter, Yvonne Timmerman-Buck, treedt in Flevoland op als veilingmeester voor vrijwilligersklussen. Verschillende andere leden van het Nationaal Comité, onder wie de voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer Weisglas (verhalenverteller en veilingmeester) en vice-president van de Raad van State Tjeenk Willink (verhalenverteller), zijn actief bij vrijwilligerswerk in Flevoland, Utrecht en Amersfoort.

Ook andere leden van het kabinet verrichten deze dagen vrijwilligerswerk. Vrijdag 9 december begeleidt staatssecretaris Schultz van Haegen in Leiden een groep gehandicapten naar museum Naturalis. Staatssecretaris Wijn assisteert in Amsterdam bij het invullen van formulieren bij de Sociale Dienst en staatssecretaris Ross-van Dorp woont een bijeenkomst van het Elisabeth Weeshuis bij in de Grote of Barbarakerk in Culemborg. Na de Ministerraad helpen minister Dekker en staatssecretaris Rutte mee in Verpleeghuis Het Gulden Huis in Den Haag. Zaterdag 10 december helpt minister Peijs in Woonzorgcentrum 't Oude Landt in Woerden en helpt minister De Geus in Wooncentrum Ongerwegens in Bunschoten. Staatssecretaris Van der Laan treedt in Almere op als verhalenverteller en minister Pechtold doet mee met een klussenprogramma in Amersfoort.

Make a Difference Day (MADD) vindt deze week voor het eerst plaats in Nederland. In Engeland en Amerika wordt MADD al langer georganiseerd. MADD wordt georganiseerd door CIVIQ, instituut vrijwillige inzet, in samenwerking met Vereniging Nederlandse Organisaties Vrijwilligerswerk. MADD is dit jaar een van de activiteiten die mede in het teken staan van het Zilveren Regeringsjubileum van de Koningin.

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Short summary:

The Queen and other members of the RF will participate in the MADD, Make a Difference Day. They will volunteer at the following projects on saturday:

- The Queen will help at a live/care centre (house for the elderly) in Amersfoort.
- Prince Constantijn and Prince Pieter-Christiaan will be referees at soccermatches of handicapped people in Amersfoort. According to Netty on the Benelux Royals MB it is said that Princess Anita will be a spectator during this match.
- Princess Laurentien will take care of foodpackages at the 'foodbank' in Lelystad (this bank hands out these packages fto people who are struggling to make ends meet).
- Prince Maurits and Princess Marilene will go to Groningen to hand out meals in a center for Asylium seekers.
- Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette assist at Mappa Mondo in Wezep (this is a holiday house for sick children and their families).
- Prince Floris and Princess Aimee are going to Maastricht and will join the voluntiary police there (Friday).
- Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven will give an interview on saturday about MADD.

I must say I am impressed to see the RF turned out in almost full force. I think the Queen wants to make a statement on the value volunteerers add to our society. In overall a lovely initiative of the RF!
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:01 PM
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excellent news, marengo!
it will be great to see almost the whole family participating in a big event. it's especially interesting to see the vollenhovens in there too.
great great great... hope there'll more photos.
but, i guess the crownprincely family is still in argentina? what about friso & mabel?
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:49 PM
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I guess Friso's grumpy face would scare the other volunteers away But seriously, they are living in London so that might be the problem.
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that will be such a nice event. it looks wonderful and really powerful when we see all the dutch family together. that shows how simple they are, i think they are the only ones (with the spanish family, in the "dia de la banderita") who volunteer in this kind of things.
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Old 12-09-2005, 06:25 PM
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that will be such a nice event. it looks wonderful and really powerful when we see all the dutch family together. that shows how simple they are, i think they are the only ones (with the spanish family, in the "dia de la banderita") who volunteer in this kind of things.
True. I can't imagine the BRF doing that....may be the next generation though but not QE's children.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:42 AM
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Queen Beatrix working in a center De Liendert for old people in Amersfoort

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Old 12-10-2005, 12:11 PM
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Polfoto 10-12-2005 Dutch Queen Beatrix pours coffee for inhabitants of 'De Liendert", home for the elderly in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005. Queen Beatrix volunteers for national "Make A Difference Day". Dutch celebrities, politicians and members of the royal family participated in this national day of helping others.
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Constantijn, Pieter-Christian, & Anita
the princes will be referees at soccermatches of handicapped people in Amersfoort.

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What a great concept and what a great turnout by the Dutch royal family. It really shows their devotion to their country and their desire to do good works.

I love the pictures of Beatrix pouring tea for the senior residents! What a truly special queen she is!

I have several questions however that perhaps our Dutch members or our otherwise more informed members than me might be able to answer:
1) Are these considered official acts by the royal family? If so, I thought that when Pieter Christiaan and Floris married they were considered no longer part of the royal family and thus would no longer making appearances at official acts such as Queensday? Is this an exception?

2) Is this an annual event that the royal family takes part in each year?

3) We have seen Annette take on at least two acts (a statue unveiling in the fall and now this one) which seems to be more than she usually does (only usually Queensday). What or who decides Annette's schedule (probably her kids I know, but what I want to know is could she do more royal acts if she wanted to?).

4) Where is Margriet? Is she still out of commission from her pain some months ago?
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i'm really impressed by this event.
i really hope other royal houses do the same thing, and let this be a pilot project.
after all, we all like to see royals mingle with normal people in need, right?
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I really love that they are doing it! It's just great to see them with the elderly, the handicapped and all the others. It's like do doing something directly for the people who need it. Of course they do all great work, but most of that is hidden from the larger part of the population. It's great way to show the people that they are there for them...

Thanks to all who have been posting these wonderful pictures! :)
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It's good to see the DRF working like normal people among normal people...I wonder if the other royals do the same.
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The Dutch certainly have a wonderful queen!
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what about Maxima?
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what about Maxima?
she along with WA and their girls, Amalia & Alexia are in Argentina at the moment.
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What a great initiative for the Dutch royals to take part in. It's great to see almost the whole family out participating!
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