Amsterdam | 16 - 18 November 2021
DAME Design Award Charity
Each year the combined registration fees for the DAME Awards are donated to a nominated charity, as a way for the METSTRADE community to give something back to society. The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee selects a charity to receive the funds each year. This can be either a single charity or two charities. This year, the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has decided that the DAME proceeds will be donated to the Blue Marine Foundation.
2021: Blue Marine Foundation - To Protect Our Ocean
Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is working to restore the ocean to health by creating marine reserves, developing models of sustainable fishing and restoring vital marine habitats. BLUE’s mission is to see at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70 per cent managed in a responsible way.
BLUE will work with the Berwickshire Marine Reserve (BMR) to engage with all recreational marine users in Berwickshire. The work will involve monitoring, reviewing, and building on existing codes of conduct that will be consistent with the protection of marine life and the local environment. Proceeds from the DAME Awards 2021 will be spent on covering the time of a local project officer who will host a series of workshops that will allow stakeholders to contribute and shape how the marine reserve is safeguarded and managed. The workshops will include yacht skippers, recreational divers, rib cruise operators and recreational anglers, among others. The project officer will work with marine users to produce an information pack & guide which will include all relevant information about the local marine protected area, good environmental practice, and information to ensure minimal disturbance to marine wildlife. This will be made available to all recreational boat users, both local and visiting. Furthermore, and depending on how much funding is received, BLUE will use the money to create two public notice boards that will be installed at the main harbours, and cover WiSe training for any recreational boat users who have not already been through the accreditation scheme yet .
DAME Charities over the years (2008-2019)
2019: Sailing4Handicaps & The Little Optimist
2018: The Blue Marine Foundation & Wetwheels Foundation
2017: Sailing Kids & VOKK
2016: AMREF Flying Doctors*
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)
* From 2012 to 2016, AMREF Flying Doctors, the international charity supported by RAI Amsterdam - received the DAME donation every other year.