CRISIS OR NOT, WE ARE STILL HERE!
Crazy how the world has changed in these last two months. Who could have thought that hotels, schools and restaurants would close for such a long time and that events would be cancelled worldwide?
The storm has passed, and we are all slowly getting back to normal life, taking the time to reflect on these past few months.
To recap, our photo gallery has been postponed and we all hope and believe that we can host it to later this year. The traditional Dam top Dam Loop in September is unfortunately cancelled. And also, our planned board trip to visit Hotel con Corazon in Nicaragua last April had to be cancelled.
But… We still continue our fight for education in Mid-America, even without our events! The time during the lockdown has been fruitful for brainstorming about ideas and future developments of Benekids as an organisation.
While everybody was staying at home we have been busy, delivering Gracias beer tasting packs, everywhere in Amsterdam.
While we were not allowed to gather or meet each other, people loved the idea to surprise someone with a nice craft beer gift. We raised a total of €891 with the Gracias beer deliveries!! A big thank to all Gracias lovers!
In addition, Hotel Con Corazon reached out for our help, to think of creative ideas they can use to continue their positive impact on local communities, even though the hotels are forced to be closed.
We teamed up with the Placement Office of Hotelschool The Hague, for internship students to collaborate with Hotel Con Corazon as a case company. We have asked the help of the current
placement students to develop a practical solution for Hotel Con Corazon to keepmaking an impact, even when the hotels and schools are closed. It was a great
experience for students from The Hague and Amsterdam got inspired and came up with smart and creatives solutions, that are shared with Hotel con Corazon!
TAKE A LOOK TO SOME OF THEIR AMAZING IDEAS =>
Last but not least, we also teamed up with Comitas for an online pub crawl, where all proceedings were donated to BeneKids. It was amazing to see how technology can unify people.
Finally, let us give you a little update about Hotel Con Corazon:
Times are difficult. The doors of both hotels are still closed. Luckily they have enough funds to continue the support of students that are currently relying on the scholarship that Hotel Con Corazon is providing them. In Granada, the situation is a bit more complicated since the hotel had to deal with the political unrest in Nicaragua. Until now, they managed to support most of their employees and are planning to continue to do so.
It has been over two months since the Benekids board has seen each other in person, but we are working hard together online, and our motivation and dedication are still as strong as when we started.
Wishing you all the best,
Benekids board 2020,
What’s new in Benekids?
New year, New Board! Time to officially say bye to board 2019.
A big applause for these 3 amazing girls, Pien, Jip and Babette, who, after one year of dedication, raised an amount of:
€12. 000, 00
Where will this donation go? To Hotel con Corazon
On the 26th of November the official board change dinner happened. Friends, family, previous board members and the founders of Hotel con Corazon gathered to celebrate the achievement s of Pien Jip and Babette, and wish board Shaafsma the best of luck in the coming year!!!!
Filled with speeches, videos and great Mexican food, it was a fantastic and inspiring evening.
“Dear Benekids supporters,
The time has come to pass on our responsibility to Board Schaafsma. Therefore, some final words from our side.
It was our pleasure to lead this amazing charity foundation. A year full of inspiration, valuable learning experiences and of course the highlight of raising €12.000 for Hotel Con Corazon. However this could not have been possible without the support of Hotelschool students, SA. Comitas members and all other supporters. We are proud to say that we have been able to expand our own beer brand with 3 beautiful flavors. Please keep drinking them! Also, we have build a solid collaboration with PATE, part of the MO course and hope to see this growing even more in the upcoming years.
Last week Tuesday we have said goodbye with great honor and some tears but we feel more than confident to pass our “baby” on to Timo, Ika, Sophia and Priscille. We believe in them and we hope you all will support them the best you can during the upcoming board year!
Once again thank you for your support.
Board 2019 out.
Pien, Jip and Babette”
What else??? FIRST MONEY RAISED
Together with the help of the student council €334 was raised during the famous HOSCARS Thanks to everyone who bought the charity tickets, drank our gracias beer or requested songs on the jukebox, your donation is a great start, and we can’t wait for the next events!! Thank you all!
Stay tuned because this year we, board Schaafsma, are full of creativity, have crazy ideas, and more importantly, are so motivated to raise a record amount of money for Hotel Con Corazon together with you!
C.F. BeneKids Board Schaafsma
Dear BeneKids enthusiasts,
We present to you the newsletter of September and October 2019. This month, we found the Board of 2020, had another P.A.T.E. event and ran the 16km long Dam tot Damloop! Here you can read all the highlights of the month and money we raised! Have fun reading 🙂
Dam tot Damloop 2019
We did it again! The 2019 Dam tot Damloop was hosted in Amsterdam this year on the 22ndof September. The Dam tot Damloop is a run from Amsterdam city centre to Zaandam. Many supporters and bands were alongside the road with gave such a motivation boost for the runners. Together with an amazing team of C.F. BeneKids ambassadors we managed to raise €3082 for charity! We are so happy with this result and the motivation of our runners and sponsors. Thank you so much!!
More pictures of this day can be found on our FaceBook page.
New board search and announcement!
After we posted the search announcement for the new board of C.F. BeneKids, we were very happy with the applications that came in. After some interviews and getting to know everyone we are more than proud to announce the new board of C.F. BeneKids for 2020,
The new board exists of Timo Schaafsma, Sophia Hoek, Ika Wondergem and Priscille Nguyen Tu. The board will start directly after the Board Change dinner, scheduled at 26h of November. Beforehand, the upcoming board and the current board will go on a board change weekend to train the new board for the upcoming year.
P.A.T.E. EVENT Beer for charity
Due to the weather forecasts, the Boat for Charity event changed to a La Cave Beer for Charity event. We invited Onno from Hotel Con Corazon to speak during the event. He spoke to the guests about plans of Hotel Con Corazon and some more general explanation about the social impact of the organization. Also, we (the board of BeneKids), explained the guests more about our events and general information.
We also organized a lottery with amazing prizes sponsored by Spaghetteria, Het Rijksmuseum and many more. Together with the sales of lottery tickets and sales of our very own Gracias Cerveza, we managed to raise €395,61 for BeneKids! We are very proud and thankful to all supporters and the P.A.T.E. team who organized this event.
Upcoming events: HTH 90
The last event of Board 2019 is coming up. On Friday the 15thof November, the 90thanniversary of Hotelschool The Hague will be celebrated in the Foodhallen in The Hague. We will sell our beers Gracias Cerveza and hope to raise more money for education in Central America. We hope to meet you there or in the near future!
C.F. BeneKids Board 2019
What an amazing summer it has been! We will capture all events and important information regarding BeneKids in this newsletter. But firstly, we would like to start with an important message we have for you:
“Dear members of S.A Comitas,
Since November last year I had the privilege of being chairman of the Charity Foundation BeneKids. During this time I enjoyed all the steps we made; for example expanding our beer brand Gracias with three new flavors and implementing Benekids within the MO course. Besides the great steps we made, it was a pleasure to meet lots of people who had a big influence on BeneKids.
Being part of the BeneKids team was a great honor, unfortunately all good things come to an end. As of today I will resign from my function as chairman. I cannot combine it with my work anymore. I would like to thank all the members of S.A Comitas for their input towards BeneKids in the last year and I hope that you will continue this input.
Former Chairman C.F BeneKids”
However, this will not stop the current board from continuing their mission to raise as much money for charity as possible!
WOW! We would like to thank everyone for attending the PATE & Gracias Cerveza event past June at Hopp Amsterdam with Vån Soundsystem! It was a great success. We raised a total of €575,20. Thank you all for attending and hopefully until next time! Are you also interested in choosing BeneKids for your PATE project or event? Please contact us on [email protected]
Thanks to GastroCie Cubedo and Atelier Schinkel we had the most fun BBQ Electronik event last month. All the money earned from the BBQ goes directly to C.F. BeneKids. At the event of S.A. Comitas we met more new students from August stream at HTH and many others. Thank you all for the fun night!
Dam tot Damloop 2019
We still have some spots left in our team to run this years’ beloved Dam tot Damloop. The 16km run from Amsterdam and Zaandam will take place on September 22nd. Are you interested in joining our team and running for charity with us? Let us know via email to [email protected].
As you may have noticed, C.F. BeneKids Board 2019 went to visit Hotel Con Corazon in Oaxaca last summer. We will post a report about our trip on the website so stay tuned!
Thank you all for reading this newsletter, we look forward to these last few months of our Board year. We can use all of your support for C.F. BeneKids to show the youth in Central America how much we support them and their education!
C.F. BeneKids Board 2019