“This money is badly needed,” confirmed DON founder Martin de Grueter, who is himself a diabetic, as well as other members of the board. Professor Dr. Eelco de Koning, professor of diabetology at Leiden, has already had surprising results in the past. Now that he has everything in scaffolding to keep going, the flow of money has been cut short because the coronavirus still has a high chance of spreading.
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“The room at the RDM Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam was already fully furnished,” sighs Floor Dijkgraaf. She is a member of the board of directors of the 15-year-old DON Foundation, whose employees today are doing everything in their power to get enough funds. “The flowers must now go to nursing homes and food for hundreds of people to homeless shelters.”
In the meantime, the establishment was not deterred. Djgraf confirms that “Corona will not hinder us in what we started tonight.” Diabetics should not lose hope because of the pandemic. And it’s not necessary,” encourages the 100,000 Dutch people with type 1 diabetes, including 10,000 children.
Due to corona measures, seats remain empty at Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam.
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For those who will be in the hall, an online auction will follow at 7pm. Almost all dinner table buyers need a refund. “A good start,” says Fleur. “Since the auction proceeds will likely generate less than expected, we are also hoping for crowdfunding. Anyone can participate in https://www.actievoorstichtingdon.nl/actie/sam-mebius
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