Sick Dutch boy’s nail-var­nish dare nets over 2.5m euros

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A ter­mi­nally ill sixyear-old Dutch boy, who hoped to raise a few hundred Euros by dar­ing peo­ple to paint their nails, has raised more than 2.5 mil­lion Euros.

Tijn Kol­steren, who was di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer in May, launched the ap­peal only three days ago, but it fired the imag­i­na­tion of the public. The char­ity drive ended Satur­day and raised over $2.6 mil­lion. “With his nail­paint­ing dare he wanted to help chil­dren suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia,” the Dutch public news­caster NOS re­ported. “It was an enor­mous suc­cess-from DJ Ar­min van Bu­uren to Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte and many other fa­mous celebri­ties had their nails painted,” it said. “Paint your nails, make a do­na­tion and then chal­lenge three of your friends to do the same,” dared the do­na­tion page, which in­vited par­tic­i­pants to share their pic­tures on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash tag #lakaan (mean­ing “the pol­ish is on”). The ap­peal is part of a tra­di­tional event in The Nether­lands where ra­dio DJs lock them­selves away for sev­eral days with­out food or drink to raise money.

This year, pro­ceeds are go­ing to the Red Cross. Rutte joined the DJs late Fri­day and opted for a deep blue for his own nails. Tijn’s fam­ily learned only last week that a course of chemo­ther­apy had failed to re­duce the size of his can­cer.

“De­spite this bad news, we wanted to do some­thing for chil­dren who won’t maybe even make it to six,” his fa­ther Ger­rit told the NOS. “We came up with the idea to­gether: Tijn had al­ready painted his nails with a friend and liked it. I wanted to do some­thing sim­i­lar to the Ice Bucket chal­lenge and men paint­ing their nails is a bit taboo,” he added, re­fer­ring to the in­ter­net craze that raised mil­lions.

The Dutch press hailed the boy as a hero, with the tabloid AD on Fri­day putting a pic­ture of him dressed as a su­per­hero un­der the head­line “Su­perTijn”.


THE HAGUE: Dutch 3FM DJ’s Domien Ver­schu­uren (L) and Frank van der Lende show to­gether with 6-year-old Tijn Kol­steren.

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