Cabinet doubles donation to Glass House

21st December 2007, Comments 0 comments

The cabinet will double its contribution to the 3FM campaign for clean drinking water.

21 December 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet will double its contribution to the 3FM campaign for clean drinking water. Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders announced this to 3FM on Friday.

The 3FM DJs have been locked in a glass house in The Hague since Wednesday and are going without food as they play records for six days straight. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross is pleased with the cabinet's pledge. The money will be used to build water pumps and sewer systems in areas that have a shortage of clean drinking water. More than a billion people do not have access to clean water.

During a surprise visit to the Glass House, Koenders told the DJs that he had seen with his own eyes how critical clean water is during a visit to Darfur. The cabinet has donated EUR 1 million to the campaign each year in the past, but will be doubling its contribution this time.

The minister gave the fasting DJs encouragement and praised the action. He added that he himself would not be able to go six days without food.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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