Amsterdam | 2019, 19 - 21 November

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. Last years' charity was a joint initiative run by two Dutch-based charities that is aimed at enhancing the lives of young cancer patients, survivors and their families. This year’s METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has selected two separate charities to receive the funds; the Blue Marine Foundation and Wetwheels.

Logo blue marine foundation DAME charity   Wetwheels Dame Charity

Improving the marine environment

The Blue Marine Foundation is dedicated to restoring the health of the worlds’ oceans by creating marine-protected areas, developing models of sustainable fishing, repairing key marine habitats and protecting vulnerable and threatened species. The charity will use the DAME donation for a project in the Aeolian Islands aimed at improving the marine environment and ensuring a harmonious marine industry for local fishers and leisure boats. The funds will go towards the purchase of a research and patrol vessel that will be used for monitoring, research and educational purposes.

Access for all

Wetwheels builds disabled people's confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially designed, fully accessible powerboats.  At the heart of its work is ensuring participants are actively engaged in a truly inclusive experience open to all disabled people. The DAME Awards funds will be used to provide active, participatory, therapeutic, outdoor sea-going adventures to disabled people and their friends, family or carers in coastal locations around the UK.

DAME Charities - over the years

2018: The Blue Marine Foundation & Wetwheels Foundation
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)

* From 2012 to 2016, AMREF Flying Doctors – the international charity supported by RAI Amsterdam - received the DAME donation every other year.