Today King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima volunteered at the former nursing home ‘t Hofland in Pijnacker (in between The Hague and Rotterdam). The elderly who previously lived in the complex were offered a lunch by the new residents of the building; young asylum seekers.
The King and the Queen came to help in the kitchen, play games with the elderly and to bridge the gap between young and old.
NLdoet is the annual volunteer event of the Oranje Fonds (Orange Foundation). This foundation was established in 2002 as a wedding gift for Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Every year the Oranje Fonds supports thousands of projects that ensure that people meet each other, are less lonely, understand each other and help each other. NLdoet is the most well-known initiative of this foundation.
NLdoet (‘NL Does’) is the largest volunteering event in the Netherlands. All over the country hundreds of thousands of people, including royals, celebrities and politicians set a good example by pitching in and doing social volunteer work. They roll up their sleeves at community centers, petting zoos, nursing homes and the like.