(Nederlands) How do you continue living when the unthinkable happens? On July 17th, 2014 Evert van Zijtveld, unaware of the disastrous day ahead, said goodbye to his children Frederique (19) and Robert-Jan (18). They boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam with their grandparents. Shortly after the commercial flight was shot down above Ukraine. ‘I still feel unimaginably sad every day. My children no longer have a future, others do. However, through a fund that bears their names they help vulnerable children. Others who care can also donate money to our fund. Our beloved children would have liked that.’
Evert’s children were killed in the prime of their lives. Frederique had just graduated from highschool and she had been accepted to university for the study of biomedical science. She harboured hopes of being selected for medical school. Ever since her volunteer work in Poland, her dream was to become a pediatrician. Robert-Jan was just about to enter his senior year of high school and wanted to become an army officer to work with and protect the public. Together with their grandfather and grandmother they went on their dream trip to Borneo as a gift from their grandparents for doing so well in school. Four lives ended abruptly by a war that was not theirs. ‘You then have to move on with life as it was left behind on that black day. But how can you cope?’
Evert decided to set up a fund that bears their names. ‘Our children were always available for others and ready to help anyone. The way they lived their short lives inspired us to move on in a positive way. A fund in their name bears that out. It is an incentives fund, especially for vulnerable children between the ages of 6 and 18 that need extra guidance and support. The fund wants to help strengthen their foundation and to develop their talents. This increases their chances of happiness and independence.’
‘My children no longer have a future, others do. Our children were always available for others and ready to help anyone. The way they lived their short lives inspired us to move on in a positive way. A fund in their name bears that out.’Father Evert van Zijtveld, founder of the Frederique and Robert-Jan van Zijtveld Fund
The fund includes the gifts Frederique and Robert-Jan received from their parents at the age of 18. The fund also contains the money the children earned with their part-time jobs at the supermarket. ‘I’m sure they would feel that this is a very nice destination of their earnings. Others can also make a donation to the fund. We would be so grateful if you can make a small donation to give us and our fund guidance. In memory of Frederique and Robert-Jan, and for the vulnerable children who can have a bright future with just a little help from them and you.’
Frederique and Robert-Jan are buried together in one coffin. They were inseparable throughout their lives. They lived together, they died together. Now together they bear the name of their fund, lest we forget them.
Contributions, single or recurring, to the Frederique en Robert-Jan van Zijtveld-fund can be made out to Stichting Kansfonds stating the ‘Frederique en Robert-Jan van Zijtveld Fonds’, IBAN: NL20INGB 0660 9712 40 (ING-Bank Utrecht), BIC: INGBNL2A
For special contributions please contact Stefanie Lap, philanthropy counsel, Kansfonds: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederique en Robert-Jan van Zijtveld Fonds is a named fund within Kansfonds.