17 - 18 - 19 November 2015

Each year the registration fee for DAME is donated to charity. Since 2005 Amsterdam RAI has been supporting AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as DAME charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. Every other year all international marine related charities are invited to apply.

DAME 2015 funding

Certified marine-related public charities were invited to apply for the registration proceeds from the Design Award METS (DAME) competition.

The amount of the donation will be announced and presented during the Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 17 November 2015, the official opening day of the METSTRADE show. To date DAME has raised approximately € 18,000 a year for worthy causes, with the actual amount of the donation depending on the number of entries registered.

Registration closed

Registrations to become the DAME Charity 2015 have closed on 19th June 2015. Charities interested in the DAME proceeds can contact METSTRADE organisation at metstrade@rai.nl to let us know their interest. They will be invited to apply in 2017.

There is no better platform to launch a new product and bring it to the attention of the entire marine industry and media than the DAME Award,” comments Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI. “The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, Amsterdam RAI ensures that the wider society benefits too. In addition to the funds raised, we see that the chosen charity enjoys greater international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME. This is a win-win sutiation for all concerned.

Irene Dros Maritime Domain Manager

DAME 2015 proceeds awarded to Sailability

The proceeds of this year's DAME Design Award will go the Dutch charity Sailability. The foundation enables disabled people to independently enjoy sailing via a nationwide network of partner yacht clubs. Sailability was also the beneficiary of the DAME 2013 proceeds and the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee was impressed with the way in which the funds had been used. They used the €11,500 to buy a new Hanse 303 sailing yacht for its fleet, which was specially adapted and christened METS.

DAME Charity Sailability

"The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has been impressed with the fact that Sailability has been running for 12 years and has more than 300 volunteers, plus a board of six people. No one involved in the charity is paid a salary, which speaks volumes for their dedication and commitment to the disabled."

Irene Dros Domain Manager Maritime

DAME Charities over the last few years

  • 2014: AMREF Flying Doctors
  • 2013: Sailability & Freedom Waters
  • 2012: AMREF Flying Doctors*
  • 2011: Stichting Sailing Kids
  • 2010: Whisper Boat Building Academy
  • 2009: AMREF Flying Doctors
  • 2008: International Federation of Disabled Sailing (IFDS)

* As agreed by the Exhibition Committee, AMREF Flying Doctors – the international charity supported by Amsterdam RAI - will receive the DAME donation every other year, as from 2012.