St. Maarten not in the running for Kroonappels award

POSTED: 04/2/13 12:38 PM

St. Maarten – The three local winners for the Kroonappels award did not survive the second round, and they are not among the sixty remaining projects that vie for the main prize of €50,000 ($65,000).

The Golden Age Foundations’ home away from home, the Aids Foundations’ Free HIV testing days and Youmay Dourmoys’ Generation New Status STM Drum Band were the three organizations that were still in the running.

The following organizations will represent the Caribbean region during the national competition day for the Kroonappels title.

Fundashon Mami Sa from Curacao in the Youth category, Foundation Social Workplace from Saba in the Neighborhood category and Stichting Ban uni man pa cria nos muchanan from Aruba in the Helping Hands category.

The national competition day takes place in Utrecht on April 18.

In connection with the upcoming inauguration, the Oranje Fonds (Orange Fund) organizes a special edition of the ‘Appeltjes van Oranje’ (Apples of Orange), the Kroonappels award. With the help of the general public, the future King and Queen, patron and patroness of the Oranje Fonds, are shown their way to the most precious and successful social organizations within the Dutch Kingdom.

A total of 3,914 organizations have entered the competition and 142,827 people casted their votes during the voting weekend, of which 9,701 in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The winning organizations of the first round decided on their favorite organization in another region, together with the Oranje Fonds experts.

Each year the Oranje Fonds rewards the most successful social organizations by handing out ‘Appeltjes van Oranje’. On the occasion of the inauguration of the King and Queen, a special edition is organized this year. Throughout the Kingdom, community organizations have entered their ongoing initiatives. Last weekend everybody could cast their vote, after which the winning organizations themselves indicated their preference in another region.

“We are pleased by the great many reactions we received from all over the Kingdom for this search. It truly lives,” Manager of Oranje Fonds, Ronald van der Giessen said. “We are proud to be able to present our King and Queen with so many beautiful social organizations. They are all winners we would like to showcase in an exhibition in the Kingdom,” he said.  “In the end, only three organizations can obtain the ‘Oranje Fonds Kroonappel’ award. We look forward to the national voting day. This is going to be a highly competitive event and difficult to make choices.”

Oranje Fonds supports social initiatives with funding, know-how and contacts. The fund annually invests about €30 million ($38 million) in nearly 8,000 large and small social organizations. The financial means are provided by the National Postcode Lottery, the Lotto of Friends and the business community.

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