Multiple newspapers picked up the Awaydays Asia Kick Out Covid-19 Campaign.
Last week our Kick Out Covid-19 campaign made it to the news in Holland. As Dutch regional & national newspapers “Tubantia” & “Het AD” featured the story of one of our volunteers during the Kick Out Covid-19 campaign. The campaign gained attention in the Netherlands as they heard about the beautiful initiatives being organised in & by Indonesian citizens. The two newspapers decided to dedicate an article to our campaign and spread the word on the news in Holland.
The news article focusses on Chiel, a good friend of Awaydays Asia and volunteer during the Kick Out Covid-19 campaign by helping to deliver the bracelets and handing out the food packages in Bali. Chiel was studying in Yogyakarta when the virus started, and after he was the only foreign student who decided to stay, he moved to Bali to help out during the food distribution.
In Bali, the Dutchman came into contact with Awaydays Asia, an organization that wants to highlight “the best sides” of Indonesian football culture. “Football is very important to the people here. They drive hundreds of miles at night to follow their club. The stadiums are often packed with 50 to 60 thousand spectators. Dutch professionals such as Melvin Platje, Wiljan Pluim and Geoffrey Castillion play at clubs in Java, Bali and Sulawesi. ”
“The bracelets are not expensive. But the shipping costs are. That is why I supported this campaign for two months by delivering the bracelets all over Bali and by handing out food packages to the most affected places. If you go out for that, you have to be “corona wise” and take protective measures such as gloves and a mouth mask. ” The campaign was a great success. More than 4,500 tapes were sold. Enough to distribute more than 25,000 food parcels.
We would like to thank Chiel for his contribution and motivation to help others during those crazy times. Thank you Gondrong!