Dutch DJs raise 8.6 million euros for war mothers

25th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The annual Dutch fundraising event Serious Request has raised a record amount of 8.6 million euros. The money will be spent on helping mothers in war zones.

Three deejays of public radio station 3FM were locked up in a glass-walled mobile studio without any food for six days. Broadcasting live from their studio on a market square in the city of Leiden, Coen Swijnenberg, Timur Perlin and Gerard Ekdom presented non-stop requests in exchange for money.

It was the eighth time the event was held in the Netherlands. Following the Dutch example similar fundraisers are organised in Belgium, Kenya, Sweden and Switzerland, which this year totalled a receipt of 23 million euros.

The plight of mothers in war zones is an 'invisible disaster' according to the Red Cross. "All around them the world is collapsing, their husbands are missing or dead. But they have to go on caring for their children, making sure there is food, medication, and a place to stay."



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