About forty employees of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the international diplomatic community joined in an international choir the day before Christmas at the Plein in The Hague for Christmas carols singing and to raise money in support of Serious Request.
Serious Request is a nationwide Dutch charity initiative collecting money for ICRC projects. In the framework of Serious Request, three DJs lived in a glass house for six days on a juice-only diet. Last December they launched a campaign in support of victims of violence against women and girls in conflict situations under the motto “hands of our girls”.
The money that was raised by the diplomatic choir – a little over 450 euro – was handed over by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders later that day to the DJ’s. Overall the Serious Request campaign raised almost 12.4 million euro.