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METS invites charities to apply for DAME 2015 funding


METS organiser Amsterdam RAI is inviting certified marine-related public charities to apply for the registration proceeds from the Design Award METS (DAME) competition. The METS Exhibition Committee will select a charity from among the entries for this 25th anniversary edition of the DAME. The donation will be announced and presented during the Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 17 November, the official opening day of METS 2015.

The DAME Award is the most coveted annual industry award for innovative leisure marine product design. To date it has raised approximately €18,000 a year for worthy causes, with the actual amount of the donation depending on the number of entries registered.

Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI, comments, “There is no better platform to launch a new product and bring it to the attention of the entire marine industry and media than the DAME Award. The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, Amsterdam RAI ensures that the wider society benefits too. In addition to the funds raised, we see that the chosen charity enjoys greater international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME. This is a win-win situation for all concerned.”

Charities interested in applying will find the terms and an application form at on the METS official website. All applications must be received by April 29 and will be assessed by the METS Exhibition Committee in May.

By Gemma Fottles

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