Make a Difference Day a big success

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Close to 50,000 people took part in the Make A Difference Day charity action on Friday and Saturday.

THE NETHERLANDS - The organisers say the event, the fifth of its kind, was a big success.

Throughout the country, volunteers "made a difference" by, for example, helping to clean children's' farms and assisting in retirement homes.

The event was also graced by the presence of the royal family. Prince Willem-Alexander and Princes Maxima stepped in to help clean up a playground, while Queen Beatrix helped at an art school for blind and vision-impaired people in the town of Zeist.

One of the organisers of the event was the Orange Fund (Oranje Fonds). The Fund is the largest social fund in the Netherlands.

It operates in the Netherlands, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles, and finances organisations that request funds for various social projects.

Such projects cover everything from a shelter for the homeless or abused women to activities at children's playgroups.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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