Our African and Caribbean volunteers are nominated to win a Royal Award. It is called an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’; an award that could be handed to us by Her Majesty Queen Maxima! The Positive Sisters & Brothers are nominated from 250 other projects and are still in the race with 40 others. On Wednesday 21st of January the voting round was closed. Thank you for your vote, we gatherd 1078 votes together! In the meanwhile there was an online presentation where the 40 initiatives in the race presented themselves and the jury chose 12 projects for the finals. The Positive Sisters & Brothers are with them! So there are only 12 projects running for the royal award and our chance to win one of the three Awards is 1 out of 4!
Winning = Recognition for who you are
Thanks to your vote, the Positive Sisters and Brothers have a chance of winning the most prestigious Dutch prize for social projects. Receiving an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’ from Queen Maxima would mean an incredible lot to the Positive Sisters and Brothers. Imagine: a royal prize in their new home country! That would be the ultimate recognition for who they are and what they do as a volunteer, regardless their migration history and their living with HIV. It would mean they are seen and appreciated in the Netherlands for their fantastic work: as an expert, they support fellow migrants with HIV/AIDS. On top of that, the prize would give them the opportunity to show everybody what an asset they are to our society.
We wish our Positive Sisters and Brothers that boost! That is why we ask you: please join us!
The theme of the ‘Appeltjes van Oranje’ this year is ‘Mental Strength’. And our Positive Brothers and Sisters certainly do have mental strength! They prove that again and again: they support others although life is not easy for themselves, either.
And, thanks to the Positive Sisters and Brothers, the migrants living with HIV/AIDS whom they support, find (back) their mental strength, as well.
Winning means a lot
Should the Positive Sisters and Brothers win, they’d receive a bronze statue from Queen Máxima and a prize in the amount of € 15.000. With that prize, we could organize a fantastic weekend with and for the Positive Sisters and Brothers. In May of this year, ShivA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary - what a great birthday present this prize would be!
But much more importantly still, this prize would symbolize recognition and appreciation. Appreciation for the Positive Sisters and Brothers. But also for all migrant women and men with HIV who are supported by the Positive Sisters and Brothers. It would mean that you are seen, with HIV and with your background from another continent. That you are appreciated for who YOU are!
We will keep you posted!