METSTRADE invites marine-related charities to apply for DAME 2019 funding

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Certified marine-related public charities can now apply for the registration proceeds from the DAME Design Award at METSTRADE 2019. The Exhibition Committee of this world-leading trade show will select a charity from the entries submitted before 19 April. The donation will be presented during the Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 19 November, the official start of METSTRADE 2019.

Give something back to society

The annual DAME Award is the most prestigious recognition of innovative product designs in the leisure marine industry. Several years ago, METSTRADE Show organiser RAI Amsterdam decided to donate the registration fees for the awards to a charity, as a way for the METSTRADE community to give something back to society. Every year, a DAME maritime-related charity is chosen based on submissions.

The average amount of the donation to date has been €19,000, and the 2019 figure will obviously depend on the number of registered entry fees paid. Application is now open to all certified marine-related public charities until April 19th, 2019. The Exhibition Committee will announce the successful recipient mid-May.

“The DAME Award is the best possible platform to launch new products and bring them to the attention of the global marine industry and media,” says Irene Dros, maritime domain manager at RAI Amsterdam. “Winners and nominees can count on significant media coverage and by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, RAI Amsterdam ensures that the wider society benefits as well. The chosen charity also enjoys increased international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME and METSTRADE, which is a win-win situation for all concerned.”