After three years of preparation, the moment has arrived: The Dutch Round Table Tour for Children is ready for take off. On May 6th 2004, a group of 76 Dutch people will start a six months lasting tour with Land Rovers. From Beijing in China, a caravan with 14 prepared Land Rovers will cover more than 35.000 kilometres along development projects for children in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. During the past year, all participants collected over 300.000 Euro to support the projects. With this amount- that only can grow this coming period- more than 40 projects for children will be supported. A unique adventure that has been totally organized by people in the private sector who are willing to put in for children who need help.
What started as a prudent idea has developed during the past years in a project of international size. Esther and Paul Brussaard started this project. Paul is a member of the Dutch Round Table. They are member of Round table International, a worldwide organisation with men from the age of 18 until 40. Round Table also organizes projects based on friendships for the good of popularity that need specific help. The Round Table Tour for Children projects link up with the values of Round Table International.
Paul Brussaard says: “Children in developing countries constitute an extreme vulnerable group, if we can help them by supporting these projects we can give them the first step to a better future.”
In the countries the Dutch Round Table Tour for Children will drive through most of the 40 projects will be visited. All teams have raised money for one or several projects like SOS Children’s villages, the construction and restoration of schools and shelters, the support of education for handicapped children, an eye clinic, the construction of water pumps and a training program for obstetricians.
The Dutch Round Table for Children 2004 is unique in his sort, because 100% of the collected sponsor money goes directly to the established projects! There will be nothing left on the bow!
The organisation of the tour is totally done by volunteers and participants, who besides this, pay all expenses out of their own pockets!
Also, the purchase of the Land Rovers has been for their own account. During the preparation period a solid group of participants, 36 men and 19 women of several ages, was formed. A part of them is member of the Dutch Round Table. However, this is not a condition for taking part in this particular project. Beside the adults, 21 children will travel with them. Most of them will fly to Nepal and visit the projects in Nepal and India. Two of them will join the group in Jordan and drive with their parents back to The Netherlands.
Within the group that take part in the tour, you can find technicians, entrepreneurs, trainers, managing directors but also teachers, a vet and even a paediatrician.
Development organisation Cordaid and Round Table India have given their financial support to the Dutch Round Table Tour for Children. Of course, also the Dutch Round Table is enthusiast about this private initiative and they support the service objective of this tour.