We decided a great way to kick off our 2014 fundraising campaign was to sell on Kingsday. We’ve done this in past years, it’s a great way to meet the public and to increase awareness of Norlha Nederland in general. Previously we raised €140, but this year we nearly doubled that at €260. Putting yourself in front of the public and asking for money is both a profound and crucial experience. It forces you to question what you actually know about the charity and it’s projects, but more importantly it checks your own motivation about doing such work.
The public were generous, surprised, and delighted – to see people using the festival, not just to make money or have fun, but to work for others. It was amazing to see how many children donated money, how many teenagers were generally intrigued by our projects. One young Asian girl gave a very generous donation, a group of young Dutch ethnic guys loved the jewelry on sale, the length and diversity of inter-actors was inspiring. And that was what the event was about, inspiration! The money should always come second and the people first. So was it.