Queen Maxima to deal out prize to Utrecht based volunteer language organisation

The Appeltjes van Oranje prize. Image copyright © Oranje Fonds.

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The Utrecht based volunteer language organisation ‘Taal Doet Meer‘ will receive be receiving the ‘Appeltje van Oranje’ prize from Queen Maxima at the Noordeinde Palace in the Hague on 23 May 2019. The organisation was informed about the award after a surprise visit by the deputy director of the Oranje Fonds and his film crew. Taal Doet Meer will be receiving this prize for their project called ‘the Utrecht Language Street for young and old’. The projects focuses on the importance of language skills in society and how literacy forms an important foundation for young and old to participate well in society and connect with people.

The Appeltje van Oranje is an annual prize awarded by the Oranje Fonds to three special, innovative or successful projects in the field of social welfare and social cohesion. The prize consists of a bronze statue, made by Princess Beatrix, and a sum of money of 15,000 euros. Lineke Maat, director of Taal Doet Meer told, “This is really a compliment to the hundreds of language volunteers in the city. They find their work fun and educational. I hope that more people from Utrecht will participate because in the coming period we will again need many new volunteers, including readers, mentors for young people and language coaches. Feel free to take a look at our website”, she told.

The Oranje Fonds is a Dutch foundation based in Utrecht that provides financial resources to organisations and associations that work to strengthen the social side of society. The fund was established in 2002 as the ‘national wedding gift’ to Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. In the same year, the fund merged with the Juliana Welfare Fund, which was established in 1948. The Oranje Fonds is the largest Dutch social fund with over 26 million euros at its disposal available annually.

The work of Taal Doet Meer and other nominees for the Appeltje van Oranje can be seen from 1 May to 31 May at the Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht. The exhibition starts at the passage that starts at Lush and runs towards Moreelsepark. You will also be able to view the photos from this exhibition from the 1st of May at the following link: www.oranjefonds.nl/inspireermij.

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