Netherlands 5 July: Den Haag - Amsterdam
Members of Parliament & Torch-Bearer Awards
Outside on the street we met kids from the Johan de Witt college, also from many different countries.
From right to left: Jeroen Recourt (labour party), Michiel van Nispen (socialist party) and Marith Volp (labour party)
Michiel van Nispen led the way. He is both a talented young politician and an excellent runner. His PB on the half marathon is 1:09!
We honoured three 'heroes of service', people who have done extraordinary things to promote peace, friendship and understanding.
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp received a Torch-Bearer Award for his lifelong dedication to build bridges between religions and to bring the religious leaders together to combat poverty and climate change.
"As long as there are people like you, who believe that one day we will have world-peace, it is bound to happen," rabbi Soetendorp said.
Composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven received a Torch-Bearer Award for his efforts to offer concerts and music in area's of conflicts as a tool to minimize hatred and fear.
Fear is the biggest problem in our world, Merlijn said. He poignantly analyzed fear as "False Evidence Appearing Real".
Jurrien ten Brinke received the award together with his wife Janet (who could not be there) for helping refugees feel at home in their new country by sharing meals with them and inviting them into their homes. They built a website for people who want to do the same and already received over 26.000 registrations.