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Adopt A Grandparent Experience (AGE)” from Hearts United Holistic Care Foundation has a chance to win an Appeltje van Oranje 2024.

Vote for your favorite initiative

“Adopt A Grandparent Experience (AGE)” from Hearts United Holistic Care Foundation has a chance to win an Appeltje van Oranje 2024. From May 22 it is possible to vote for one of the contenders. You can do so by voting for “Adopt A Grandparent Experience” as a favorite. There are a total of 50 projects in the race for the prestigious prizes, which are awarded annually by the Oranje Fonds to exceptional social projects. You can vote until May 31 via stem.oranjefonds.nl.

The theme of this year's Appeltjes van Oranje is Fighting loneliness together! This means that this year's awards go to initiatives that succeed in actively involving people in a society where no one is left alone. One in seven people feels lonely. Loneliness is of all ages, but is more common among young people and the very old. The Oranje Fonds has therefore chosen loneliness as the theme for 2024. Initiatives that contribute to reducing loneliness are indispensable to our society. They matter. 

Crucial

Loneliness can happen to anyone; a feeling of missing out due to a lack of contact with people with whom to do something. Emotional loneliness due to missing a close, intimate connection with another person, usually the life partner. Or loneliness manifested by feeling like you don't matter. Successful initiatives help people get active. To regain control and live a meaningful life again. The Appeltjes van Oranje 2024 put the spotlight on initiatives that combat loneliness. Because when you make an effort for someone else, it also means something for yourself.

Three Apples

Projects like “Adopt A Grandparent Experience” contribute to strengthening social networks of people who feel lonely in St. Maarten. This is a special achievement in itself, but there are only three Appeltjes van Oranje to be awarded. The number of votes the contenders receive will help determine who advances to the final ten nomination spots. The project that attracts the most votes will go through to the final ten. From these, a panel of judges will ultimately select the three winners.

Adopt A Grandparent Experience

This project was launched in December 2020 with an aim of eliminating loneliness among seniors living on St. Maarten. With the goal in mind, our foundation serves as a source of bridging the gap between the youths and the seniors. This is done through regular visits to those seniors who live alone with limited or no visit from their family members. This interaction has showed and is evident in the reports of the seniors whose lives have been impacted through these visits.

“A win for us is a win for you”. Vote Hearts United Holistic Care Foundation “Adopt A Grandparent Experience”

Queen Máxima

The awards will be presented in October by Queen Máxima, patroness of the Oranje Fonds. The three winners will receive a bronze statue, made by Princess Beatrix, and a cash prize of 25,000 euros. 

Oranje Fonds

The Oranje Fonds believes that everyone matters. That is why it is committed to a society in which everyone can participate and no one stands alone. In other words, an involved society where we care for each other, where people have equal opportunities and feel connected to others in the neighborhood. The fund does this by strengthening social initiators and connecting them wherever possible. The support of the Nationale Postcode Loterij, the Nederlandse Loterij, Friends and various other partners, among others, makes this possible. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are the patrons of the Oranje Fund.   

More information can be found at https://www.appeltjevanoranje.nl/projecten/adopt-grandparent-experience-hearts-united-holistic-care-foundation.

For questions or additional information about our project, please contact Donna Morrison-Wilson, Executive Director at our email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via tel/whatsapp 1 721 523-0901/523-8460/586-9035

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