Red Cross

Medical masks
Mar 23 '20 09:02

After calling on Netherlands residents to donate protective gear for healthcare workers on Friday, the Red Cross collected over 125 thousand masks, 36 thousand pairs of protective glasses and 500 liters of disinfectant over the weekend. The items will be made available to care institutions that need them most, the aid organization said to the Telegraaf.

Entrance to UMC Groningen
Mar 18 '20 08:02

The Red Cross is calling on people in the Netherlands to reach out to vulnerable people around them. According to the aid organization, many people are afraid and need someone to talk to. Meanwhile, the University Medical Center in Groningen (UMCG) is opening an outpatient clinic specifically for patients who may have the coronavirus Covid-19.

Call center operator
Mar 16 '20 07:21

The Red Cross launched a helpline for people in the Netherlands quarantined at home over the coronavirus. The helpline is manned by medical professionals and meant for people with questions about their health, or who want to talk, RTL Nieuws and NU.nl report.

Mother and child wearing medical masks and cleansing their hands
Feb 25 '20 09:17

Netherlands residents are not sure about how to use mouth caps or medical masks to prevent infection with the coronavirus Covid-19, according to a study by the Red Cross. The aid organization therefore advises people to prepare themselves well - also on the proper use of medical masks - before they travel, NOS reports.

People wearing masks in Beijing, China
Feb 17 '20 08:47

The Dutch branch of the Red Cross launched a campaign on Monday asking the people of the Netherlands to contribute money in the fight against the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The organization says it needs the money for ambulance transportation, psychological and social assistance in China, and to help educate the public to prevent the virus from spreading.

Donating to charity
Feb 7 '20 10:10

Charities in the Netherlands fear that they will lose hundreds of thousands of euros per year to banks once negative interest rates on savings are implemented, Financieele Dagblad reports after speaking to four charities.

Smoke haze from bushfires hangs over Sydney, Australia, 28 December 2019
Jan 17 '20 11:55

People in the Netherlands donated a total of some 2.4 million euros to help with the bush fires in Australia. The Red Cross opened giro 5125 for donations eleven days ago and since raised nearly 1.2 million euros. The World Wild Life fund's action also raised over a million euros. 

Eindhoven Airport
Jan 2 '20 08:45

Dozens of airline passengers spent the first night of the New Year sleeping at Eindhoven Airport after low visibility prevented aircraft from taking off or landing. The country's second largest airport had struggled with fog since Tuesday.

3FM DJs Fran van der Lende and Eva Koreman in Den Bosch for Serious Request 2019
Dec 25 '19 07:24

The 3FM fundraiser Serious Request: Lifeline raised 1,418,513 euros, the station announced at the end of the fundraiser on Christmas Eve. The radio station and the Red Cross raised money for the victims of human trafficking this year. 

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nov 19 '19 20:13

Dozens of people were found hidden on board a DFDS cargo ferry ship that had departed the Netherlands for England. They were discovered by the ship's crew late Tuesday afternoon inside a refrigerated container.

Authorities say the 25 stowaways were all found alive. Two people were hospitalized, and 23 were treated at the scene. The 23 that were in good condition were then taken to an area police station.

Marathon runners
Aug 28 '19 10:10

More than half of athletes in the Netherlands are not aware of the risks of overheating - they do not adjust their training programs in warm weather and think that overheating can't happen to them, the Red Cross reports based on its own research. While athletes know that overheating is possible, they don't know that it can also happen at lower temperatures, NOS reports.

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Jul 29 '19 08:45

An 11-year-old Dutch girl was brought to the Netherlands from Syria on Friday, the Dutch Red Cross, which played an important role in the child's recovery, confirmed to NU.nl after reports in NOS.

CPR training
Jun 5 '19 14:10

A petition by the Red Cross to give all high school pupils first aid lessons was signed by more than 50 thousand people. According to the Red Cross, teenagers and young people want to help victims of a car accident for example, but they know too little about how to do it and are therefore afraid. If they are taught first aid at school, helping becomes easier, NOS reports.

A Red Cross volunteer explaining a nationwide public transit strike to tourists at a largely deserted Amsterdam Central Station, 28 May 2019
May 28 '19 12:00

The public transit strike left train stations throughout the Netherlands largely deserted on Tuesday morning. People gathered in the stations were largely tourists who did not know about the strike.

Tourists Rachel, Angie, and Acqua were caught by surprise when they arrived at Amsterdam Central Station. They have a hotel booked in Rotterdam. A volunteer from Red Cross explained the strike to them.

Refugee shelter
Feb 19 '19 08:51

Aruba is struggling to shelter thousands of asylum seekers from Venezuela, fleeing their country to escape poverty and political chaos. The island, which forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, already received more asylum applications than it can handle, ANP reports.

Nuclear explosion
Feb 11 '19 14:40

Aid organization Red Cross and peace organization PAX are calling on the Dutch government to sign the United Nations nuclear weapons ban, a treaty adopted by the UN in July 2017. The Netherlands then abstained from voting on the ban - all the countries with nuclear weapons and almost all NATO countries boycotted the vote, NOS reports.

Red Cross supplies heading to Thailand as tropical storm Pabuk approaches, 3 Jan 2019
Jan 4 '19 07:35

A massive tropical storm is set to hit Thailand on Friday. The Thai weather service fears that it will be the strongest storm in 30 years and expects waves of up to 7 meters high, gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour, heavy rainfall and tidal waves. Hundreds of tourists, including some 40 Dutch, are trapped on the Thai islands, NOS reports.

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Dec 17 '18 08:07

Flight traffic at Eindhoven Airport was halted on Sunday due to fog. This resulted in some 900 travelers being stuck at the airport. The airport asked the Red Cross to place 500 camping cots at the terminal, ANP reports.

Not all the beds were occupied. A number of travelers were able to go home, to family or to a hotel. Food and drinks were organized for those who ended up spending the night at the airport.

Whether the flights canceled on Sunday will all be made up on Monday, is not yet clear. At this stage Eindhoven Airport does not report any cancellations or delays.

Serious Request - the Glass House in Apeldoorn, December 2017
Sep 25 '18 14:10

Radio station 3FM's annual fundraiser Serious Request will happen without locking three DJs into a glass house this year. Instead three teams of two DJs will visit campaigns for different charities. "The Glass House is broken", DJ Sander Hoogendoorn, who stayed in the glass house last year, said, NU.nl reports.

Sint Maarten during Hurricane Irma, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 6 '18 15:10

Exactly a year ago today Sint Maarten was hit by Hurricane Irma. About a third of the 20 million euros the Dutch raised for aid to the island last year, has since been spent. The money was mainly used to provide basic necessities - food, water and shelter, RTL Nieuws reports.

Hurricane Irma caused massive destruction on Sint Maarten, a Caribbean island that forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. One person died on the Dutch side of the island, and around 90 percent of buildings were damaged.

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Jul 31 '18 08:46

At least 12 people were injured during a fire in the Heycop home and care center in Breukelen on Monday evening. Eleven people were taken to UMC Utrecht's emergency hospital. The victims sustained various injuries, most of them smoke inhalation related, a spokesperson for the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said to ANP. 

Beach chairs, Eastern Scheldt, Ouwerkerk, Schouwen-duiveland, Zeeland
Jul 23 '18 10:10

Pay extra attention to the elderly during the coming hot days, the Red Cross advises. According to the aid organization, this vulnerable group is at risk of dehydration and overheating in the high temperatures expected for this week, NOS reports.

Nijmegen Vierdaagse
Jul 17 '18 09:26

The 102nd edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse kicked off at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A total of 44,480 people are participating in the four-day hike this year. The first day of hiking s known as the Dag van Elst, or the Day of Elst in English. Participants will hike through the Betuwe towards Arnhem and the come back to Nijmegen via Bemmel, covering 30, 40 or 50 kilometers. 

2,951 hikers did not show up on Tuesday morning - 300 more no-shows than last year, De Gelderlander reports.

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Jul 2 '18 09:25

Nearly 40 percent of Dutch have no plan in place for what to do if they can't get into their home due to fire, gas leak or evacuation, according to a study by the Red Cross. Many Dutch people will not have access to important information, like telephone numbers and insurance policies, if they can't get into their home, ANP reports.

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