Last year December, at the annual Dutch 3FM Serious Request, there was a special participant who stole the heart of many (national and international): terminally ill 6 year old Tijn (Kolsteren) who raised money by getting sponsored every time he painted someones nails.http://seriousrequest.3fm...ver-1-million-in-two-days
Tijn from the Brabant town Hapert suffers from brainstemcancer, which can not be cured.
He asked people to donate €1 every time he painted someone’s nails, but anyone could participate. Just paint your nails, donate at 3FM.nl/dutchboytijn, and challenge three of your friends to do the same by tagging them. If people would donate, they could share a picture of the painted nails using the hashtags #lakaan (literally translates to ‘Paint on’ in Dutch) and #SR16.
Tijn's challenge went viral and many both famous and regular Dutch people (man and female) participated, in 2 days one million euros was raised. Tijn gained a lot of (positive) attention both national and international. On December 22, Tijn was appointed mayer of Breda for 1 day. On February 12, 2017 an asteroid was named after him, (6327) Tijn by the International Astronomical Union. Wednesday April 5, Tijn received a high distinction of the Red Cross: the Cross of Merit. Tijn received the award from (Dutch) Red Cross director Gijs de Vries in the studio of 3FM.
3FM DJ's and many others kept contact with Tijn and his father and still pay attention to him. Recently he visited the studio's together with his father.
According to the news of today a Dutch priest contacted pope Francis and as a result Tijn received his apostolic blessing. The Pope has sent a pectoral cross and a picture of himself. The Nijmegen pastor Johan Flapper managed to make contact with the Pope, says Omroep Brabant. "He was committed to other sick children that they might be older than he, has seized me," said Flapper. "I saw in his actions those of the Christ child in Bethlehem," he says. "That's why I wrote a letter to the pope."
From Vatican City has come a letter on behalf of the Pope. "His Holiness will guide the small Tijn with prayer and trust him to the intercession of Mary, Consoler of the afflicted warmly. The Holy Father gives the small Tijn and his family, his apostolic blessing." The letter and the photographs are still at Flapper. He wants to get the post in Travertine as soon as possible, but "it is not I managed to get in touch with the family."
After 3FM Serious Request it went not well with Tijn. He got serious problems with walking, requiring a wheelchair for long distances. But now it seems to go better again.
Father Gerrit says: "It's going pretty well with Tijn. Last week we were on a midweek holiday and then the doctor called and said that the last MRI looked better than in January, the tumor is slightly smaller and the chemo seems to boot the growth.3FM Serious Request:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Request
It became an annual tradition and over time several other countries such as Belgium and Sweden also had their own version of the action.
Besides that there popped up a lot of local variants in the Netherlands.
The 2016 edition was in Breda (just like in 2008), with the goal to bring attention to pneumonia, the disease that annually claims about 900,000 young victims in poor and war zones in Africa. This "silent emergency" is mainly played in the Horn of Africa and in the area south of the Sahara.