Terminally ill boy's Serious Request call takes Netherlands by storm
Terminally ill 6-year-old Tijn from Hapert caused quite a stir in the Netherlands on Wednesday with his call for donations for 3FM's Serious Request. The young boy called on everyone in the Netherlands to paint their nails and donate to Serious Request, and he got a massive response, the Telegraaf reports.
Tijn has brain cancer a rare disease diagnosed in 15 to 20 children every year. Nothing can be done for him. "It is very likely that he will not make it to the next Serious Request. And yet he wants to raise money for children in the developing world who might not even make it to six." his father said, according to the newspaper. "We can not make him better. But we can temporarily make his life somewhat more fun."
Tijn challenged the Netherlands to paint their nails and donate a euro to Serious Request, or not paint their nails and donate 10 euros. The boy's call took over the internet, with #Tijn trending on Twitter, according to the newspaper.
Thousands of individuals painted their nails, as well as a number of celebrities including Marco Borsato, DJ HArdwell, Dorian van Rijsselberghte, PVV leader Geert Wilders and Nick Schilder. According to the website dedicated to Tijn's initiative, over 475 thousand euros has already been raised.
Challenge accepted, @arminvanbuuren :-) Met nagellak aan het diner voor Tijn! #sr16 https://t.co/yYBGSOa30y— Marco Borsato (@borsato) December 21, 2016
Yes @Domien I’m in! 💅🏽 En ik daag @HumbertoTan @RicoVerhoeven @tiesto uit om ook mee te doen. #SR16 pic.twitter.com/9s6gC3bSVv— Hardwell (@HARDWELL) December 21, 2016
Geweldige actie #tijn ik doe natuurlijk mee! Je bent een topper!#lakaan #sr16 #heelhollandlakthttps://t.co/asRbPDNs56 pic.twitter.com/E7CWvQLXVO— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) December 21, 2016
Burgemeester Tijn aan het werk #lak aan #tijn @SeriousRequest pic.twitter.com/3zvWWhVVBm— Paul Depla (@PaulDepla) December 22, 2016
Goede reden om nagels te lakken.... #tijn #heelhollandlakt #lakaan #sr16 pic.twitter.com/nzKie0dOrV— Linda Swart (@SwartLinda) December 22, 2016
Super initiatief en hoe viraal kan dit gaan! bijna 470.000 euro opgehaald en zelf ook 25 euro gedoneerd. #lakaan #tijn #SeriousRequest pic.twitter.com/TEEqDeeItE— Merijn Contant (@mmrijn) December 22, 2016
Didn't have time to 'update' nails but that is no excuse not to donate #lakaan #SR16 #tijn.— Vivienne 🩺 (@ViviennevdWalle) December 21, 2016
Checkout the website https://t.co/yoPM58Y08S pic.twitter.com/p5BTRrCX1L
Doneer mee! #Tijn #lakaan #SR16 pic.twitter.com/nM2bIbwgDF— Leslie * (@Lesliexx) December 21, 2016