On Tuesday 5 May 2020, day marking 75 years of peace since the end of the Second World War in The Netherlands, the Rotaract Scheveningen organised itsfirst webinar on Peace. Forty Rotaract members and guests gathered virtually to discuss the importance of peace in the context of the 1990s Balkan wars and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The discussion started with Ms Leila Prnjavorac’s personal account of the Bosnian war (1992-1995) which she experienced as a young girl who grew up in former Yugoslavia. Ms Prnjavorac shared with us her memory of the war and of her escape with her family to The Netherlands, country chosen for its tolerance, which led her to become a Freedom ambassador advocating for peace.
After hearing this moving and inspiring testimony, the audience listened to Mr Nenad Golcevsk, who worked for several years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and now at its residual mechanism, the MICT, in the Public Information Office. Mr Golcevsk described how the ICTY’s work contributed to fighting impunity, deterring the perpetuation of war crimes, and granting a space for witnesses to tell their stories and ‘complete their mission’ by contributing to justice. Mr Golcevsk further explained the need for justice to reach peace and later normalisation among communities.
Finally, another crucial aspect of peace building was described by Ms Ingrid Rollema from the Hope Foundation who dedicated her life to arts and the impact they can have on reducing violence and inter-ethnical conflicts. Ms Rollema initiated children living in the Gaza Strip to arts as a way to develop and express themselves. By painting themselves and scenes of their life or by performing dances in ruined cities, they hope to make their voice heard by the rest of the world.
The Rotaract Scheveningen would like to thank all the participants who joined this Peace Webinar and contributed with their questions to such a fruitful discussion. We would also like to thank Ms Nora Stehouwer-Van Iersel for moderating the event with energy and passion, and our three speakers who inspired us with their experiences and ideas. If you would like to follow their work, click on the following links:
On the 8th of October, our club organised the first Meet & Greet event of the new season. We gathered once more to meet with friends and have a nice evening while listening 2 inspirational talks.
Our first guest speaker Susan Kraaijeveld, a member of Rotary Dordrecht and the ambassador of WarChild, gave a presentation about the project she is organising with WarChild in various countries. We heard about how education is crucial in developing countries and learn about the youth education programme with examples from Beirut.
Following Susan, we welcomed Marcel Kampmann, who is an architect working mainly on housing projects. He gave us an insight about the challenges and potentials of social housing and how it influences our everyday life.
After the presentations of both speakers, we enjoyed the rest of our evening while having some drinks and getting to know each other better.
We are already looking forward the next Meet & Greet! Stay tuned for our new speakers and new topics 🙂
On the last weekend of May, the Rotaract Club Scheveningen in collaboration with De Kroko’s Kids Club organized some entertaining activities for 5-12 y.o. children and their parents who attended the event. The day started with painting but the one of a very special kind. Kids were using white t-shirts provided by our Club as a plain canvas where they could unleash their creativity and decorate them according to their individual ideas and preferences.
Overall, children were very excited to become fashion designers even for some time; they were even more excited to take their masterpieces home afterwards. Another highlight of the day was a motion game «Animal Kingdom» when three teams were demonstrating their artistic talents while imitating a chosen animal. The audience (surely impressed by performance) had to guess what kind of animals were in front of them…Children were enjoying it so much that the game could last forever…Luckily, they got hungry and we had lunch together — otherwise we would have run out of animal options to perform: at the end of the game almost all existing creatures were already covered.
The start of the day was in beachclub Oscars, at Scheveningen with coffee and a snack.
Lloyd from WWF and Ralph from Thrashurehunt told us their personal history and why they were doing this work for many years already. It was very inspiring to hear their motivation. Ralph said for example we could all turn our negative thoughts on the trash other people are making into a positive one and have self fulfilment by cleaning up with our body, a gifted machine with which we could do this work. Since we had Dutch weather, we were very lucky to go outside soon after this introduction. We had around 30 participants under which rotaracters from several clubs of the The participants were divided in two groups, one to clean up the beach with the WWF and the other group to clean up the dunes with Trashure hunt. The leaders of the two groups told us that they were organising a lot of these events, but they were surprised by our enthusiasm and engagement in this. There was sunshine, wind and also a lot of trash(including plastic). We were surprised what we found. The beach club season wasn’t officially started yet, but already there were many things that didn’t originally belong in nature…
We found a lot of cigarette filters, plastic straws, cups, packaging andeven a big tube and a plastic rain boot… In total we collected more than 165 kg of trash! All of us felt really satisfied by this result of hard working together. It was also fun!
This project couldn’t have been done without our Partners and Support
For this project we contacted many people and organisations. As partners we had asinternationalorganisation, World Wildlife Fund (https://www.worldwildlife.org) and also a local organisation from The Hague, Trashurehunt (https://trashurehunt.org). The vision of both organizations is that we, as humans, can make a difference in a positive way to erase our footprint in our environment and to end the plastic pollution. They are activating and motivating people and creating awareness. From Rotary club Scheveningen, our Mother club, we got financial support for our project. Thank you.
On the 27th of October, Rotaract Club of Den Haag Scheveningen participated in a voluntary activity at a family’s house in The Hague, in order to help them re-painting their living room.
Although it was a challenging task, our members enjoyed their day while painting in their special outfit! The outcome was quite satisfactory, since the family was very happy to see their new walls and wished the team would be back to proceed to their hallway
On Saturday 2nd of June, our beach party on benefit for Alzheimer charity took place at Indigo Beach Club in Scheveningen. We started with two speeches from the organization that we are helping, first guest speaker Femke Hameetman, sea of Education from Mauritshuis spoke about how positively big, art can impact on people with dementia and “the unforgettable Mauritshuis tour” they offer for people with dementia.
Follow by Gert Teusink, former Rotaract-member and now Rotary member and representative from Alzheimer Haaglanden who talked about how people with Alzheimer feel, and what they got through, he also invited everyone to be part of their coffee afternoon where you as family member or friend of a person with Alzheimer can share your experiences with this with other people going through the same. Our members Ilya and Froukje finished the speeches appreciating all the support and officially opening the bbq.
Later on, our former Rotaract Scheveningen member Viollete Krouwel gave a speech about how Alzheimer disease can come any time and how she has gone through it with her mother. She thanked the club for making such event since she was the reason why we came up with the idea of helping this charity, and she also invited everyone to feel free to donate some money so we could raise even more out of this event.
Around 21:00 the dance party started the band Federica Lorusso Trio set up its place and started playing some jazz-funk music. Follow by the DJ’s Roy and Abhey who together with their mix of jazz and saxophone kept the party going till late midnight.
We have to thank all the people who made this event possible and the people who donated an extra more.
From all this event we as the club managed to raise enough money to donate 5 “Onvergetelijk Mauritshuis” to Alzheimer Haaglanden.
As it happens every year, the new members of Rotaract Club Scheveningen organized a new members activity. This year it took place on 26th of May at the Haagsche Bluf, 46. Located in the heart of The Hague, the Haagsche Bluf is a residence for people with an intellectual disability.
The residents live individually in their own studios, while enjoying common social areas
where they can share and do activities together with other residents or volunteers whenever it is possible.
Our members have spent a nice, sunny afternoon at the residence – not only to socializing but also
cooking dinner together with the residents! Along with some of them, grocery shopping is done and
a lot of pizza’s are baked to share a Saturday afternoon meal! It was a great opportunity for the new
members to get to know the community – through a fun and tasty activity!
A party at the beach with BBQ, drinks and music. Let’s make it an unforgettable event!
Line up : several speeches and experiences, music from Jazz trio Federica Lorusso and DJ’s to dance the night away!
But will we never forget?
Dementia is according to statistic numbers of CBS the number one cause of death in the Netherlands. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s. Chances are you have a loved one who is suffering from this cognitive disease or a friend who is supporting their loved ones through this. Dealing with memory loss and supporting loved ones is an emotional endeavor that often leads to isolation and loneliness. As a club, we have seen this first hand and want to do as much as we can to raise awareness about this disease. Our main purpose is to enable communication through art between people suffering from Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
Join Rotaract the 2nd of June and support our charity!
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