First things first, let me explain what Serious Request is. Serious Request is one big Charity Event that takes place in the week before Christmas. The event is hosted by 3FM (a Dutch Radio station) and this is all in collaboration with the Red Cross. All money received during this week will go to the Red Cross. Every year 3FM will pick a theme for that week, that theme will stand for a so called Silent Disaster. This means they will collect money for a disaster that’s not as well known to the public but which does really need money and attention. This year will be the 11th edition of Serious Request. Or as we like to call it over here: Het Glazenhuis, which translates as: The Glasshouse. We call it this because, during this week 3 DJ’s will be locked in a Glasshouse on a town square somewhere in the Netherlands. Those 3 DJ’s will be making radio 24/7 that week and to make this whole thing even more difficult: They’re not allowed to eat anything, they will get 3 juices a day with all the vitamins they need but that’s it. No food just juices and non-alcoholic drinks for an entire week.
To raise money they’ll be playing requests on the radio all week long. If you want to hear a song you have to pay money to get it on the radio. Besides that people can also visit the Glasshouse and donate money there. In the window of the house they’ve made a letterbox for people to donate their money.
There are also loads of people doing their own events to raise money. There are local radio stations doing their own version of a glasshouse, but there are also little kids baking cookies and selling them in their neighbourhood. Schools organising Christmas markets and giving all the profits away. You name it and people, probably, do it! The moment this blogpost went live Serious Request started and the 3DJ’s are locked in their glasshouse and are not allowed to get out until christmas eve.
This years theme, as you might have guessed is “Hands of Our Girls” and is all about raising money and awareness for women and girls whom are the victims of sexual violence in countries that are at war or have conflicts, like Congo and Syria.
Every year 1 band/artist from the Netherlands gets the opportunity to write a theme song for the week. This song will be played everytime they’ve broadcasted a diary of 2 DJ’s that went to one the countries where this silent disaster isn’t as silent. All proceeds of this song will also go to this cause! This year the honour of writing this song went to Jaqueline Goveart and she wrote the song “Make More Sound”
Even though the theme of this week is very heavy and no fun at all this entire week is my favourite week on Radio and TV in the netherlands. It brings the country together and it’s just great fun to watch and listen to all the amazing things happening! In 2010 I joined in to do some charity work for the red cross during that week. I was given the opportunity to apply for some backstage jobs at the event that year. I apply to stand next to the letterbox and I was given 2 shifts that year. But as soon as I arrived I told them I could help out every day. And in the end I helped out an entire week. I did shifts at the onsite Callcenter, worked the catering, stood outside in the snow to collect money at the letterbox, helped out with stage management by shovelling snow and selling santa hats. It was just an amazing week and I had an amazing time.
The year after I didn’t apply for onsite backstages jobs because the glass house was to far away and I thought it was impossible to help at the callcenter. Last year I discovered that helping out at the callcenter is just as easy to apply for as the onsite jobs so I decided to give it a go. I was given 4 shifts that year and I loved it! So this year I decided to apply again and sadly I was only given 1 shift. I do keep checking my phone to see if they’ve added another shift to my schedule. But I’m afraid I’m not getting more, and my shift isn’t until the 23rd so I can’t tell the people coordinating that to call me if they have an open spot.
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