Princess Beatrix made a surprise visit to the Onder één Dak (English: ‘Under One Roof’) child daycare centre in Amersfoort yesterday to mark NLDoet.
NLDoet is an initiative of the Oranje Fonds, the fund set up at the time of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding in 2002, and aims to “put volunteering in the spotlight and invites everyone to roll up their hands for a day.”
Princess Beatrix was joined by Princess Annette and Prince Bernhard, and the trio helped to make play toys before digging around in the garden.
Princess Beatrix divided her time amongst the different tasks, while Prince Bernhard worked with the tiles in the garden and Princess Annette made paper crafts. Princess Annette told the gathered media that “I like tinkering,” while cutting a piece of paper.
In a video posted on the Blauw Bloed website, Princess Beatrix can be seen with a group of young people in the garden. She tells them that what they’re planting is for the summer and that they’re helping her very well.
When some of the youth were distracted by the cameras filming them, she offered, “Just ignore them,
Onder één Dak is a daycare centre that serves young people between the ages of four and eighteen who have intellectual disabilities.
The NLDoet initiative has been ongoing for fourteen years, and in past years over 350,000 Dutch people have volunteered in 10,500 volunteer jobs and activities, and the Oranje Fonds is anticipating that the number will be higher this year.
Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima participated at ‘t Hofland Care Centre in Pijnac.
“The Oranje Fonds, therefore, shows with NLDoet how important active citizens are to society,” Princess Beatrix noted.
NLDoet took place over 9 and 10 March this year, and always takes place on a Friday and Saturday to ensure that as many people as possible can volunteer.