Amsterdam | 2018, 13 - 15 November

Dame Design Award Charity

Each year the combined registration fees for the DAME Awards are donated to a nominated charity. The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has decided that this year’s DAME proceeds will go to a joint initiative run by two Dutch-based charities that is aimed at enhancing the lives of young cancer patients, survivors and their families.

During cancer treatment, family life is often disrupted and holidays are not easily possible. After treatment, survivors of childhood cancer can develop severe medical as well as psychosocial late effects, that have a negative impact on their quality of life. These make it hard for them to go on holiday on their own, which is an important step toward independence.

With DAME-support, the Sailing Kids Foundation and the Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organization (Vereniging Ouders van Kinderen met Kanker – VOKK) will jointly organise sailing trips in 2018 for young patients and survivors of childhood cancer or other diseases who are not able to go on holiday themselves.

METSTRADE DAME Charity Sailability

Charity 2015: Sailability

DAME Charities - last few years

  • 2017: Sailing Kids & VOKK
  • 2016: AMREF Flying Doctors
  • 2015: Sailability
  • 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.

    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 RAI Amsterdam. “The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, RAI Amsterdam 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 Group Director Maritime at RAI Amsterdam