Our African and Caribbean volunteers are nominated to win a Royal Award. It is called an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’; an award that could be handed to us by Her Majesty Queen Maxima!

The Positive Sisters & Brothers are nominated from 250 other projects and are still in the race with 40 others. Do you help us to make it possible?


Winning = Recognition for who you are

Thanks to your vote, the Positive Sisters and Brothers have a chance of winning the most prestigious Dutch prize for social projects. Receiving an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’ from Queen Maxima would mean an incredible lot to the Positive Sisters and Brothers. Imagine: a royal prize in their new home country! That would be the ultimate recognition for who they are and what they do as a volunteer, regardless their migration history and their living with HIV. It would mean they are seen and appreciated in the Netherlands for their fantastic work: as an expert, they support fellow migrants with HIV/AIDS. On top of that, the prize would give them the opportunity to show everybody what an asset they are to our society.

We wish our Positive Sisters and Brothers that boost! That is why we ask you: please join us!

Mental strength

The theme of the ‘Appeltjes van Oranje’ this year is ‘Mental Strength’. And our Positive Brothers and Sisters certainly do have mental strength! They prove that again and again: they support others although life is not easy for themselves, either.
And, thanks to the Positive Sisters and Brothers, the migrants living with HIV/AIDS whom they support, find (back) their mental strength, as well.

Winning means a lot
Should the Positive Sisters and Brothers win, they’d receive a bronze statue from Queen Máxima and a prize in the amount of € 15.000. With that prize, we could organize a fantastic weekend with and for the Positive Sisters and Brothers. In May of this year, ShivA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary - what a great birthday present this prize would be!

But much more importantly still, this prize would symbolize recognition and appreciation. Appreciation for the Positive Sisters and Brothers. But also for all migrant women and men with HIV who are supported by the Positive Sisters and Brothers. It would mean that you are seen, with HIV and with your background from another continent. That you are appreciated for who YOU are!

Spread the word
Do you want the Positive Sisters and Brothers to receive this prize from Queen Maxima? Please vote for them via stem.oranjefonds.nl/peers
Thank you so much for voting for the Positive Sisters and Brothers and for sharing this message within your network. The more people vote for them, the more chance of winning our Positive Sisters and Brothers have.

Please help them by mailing or texting (whatapp) this link to all your contacts, friends, family and by posting it on as many social media as possible. This is also possible via their Facebook page @positivesistersandbrothers. We’d also appreciate it if you like/follow their page on Facebook. Or share our message with your network via the special ShivA-page on the website of the Oranje Fonds. You can do so by pressing the buttons at the bottom of the page!

Please note: voting is only possible between Monday 11 and Wednesday 20 January.

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