An update: Amira turns sixteen!

Final update:

The total proceeds from the collection set up by the fans for the benefit of her Gelukskinders foundation is exactly, no lie, € 20,000. A gigantic amount. Thank you all donors!

All objectives have been achieved and Amira will get more than € 4000 with which she can make children of the townships even happier.

Third update: In these days when a virus is roaming the world, we wish you all not to be affected. South Africa is also not immune from it. All plans are suspended until further notice. Take enough Amira vitamins to help you get through it. The action: Where are we? Oh my … with one week to go. You are all fantastic. All planned projects can be realized. Can we do more? Do you want to complete the surplus of the promotion too? If that happens, the rest will go to Amira who can use it, within the limits of Gelukskinders, to make the children of the townships a little bit more happy. Next week the end result !!

Second update With two more weeks to go, this action has made a big boost. Project 1 COMPLETE. First part project 2 Complete. Project 3? Nearly there. You donators are awesome!! Below, the full content of the projects planned. Can you give Amira a huge Birthday present too? Thank you!

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Christmas gift/sponsor deal, fanday Nov. 30th and concert Dec. 1st

Important also for fanday and concert visitors. This comes after the Christmas gift part.

This year, the Christmas gift for Amira is the sponsor deal.
That item is listed separately in the Gelukskinders web shop: https://www.gelukskinders.org/shop/SPONSORDEAL-p149320449
This time no new playground, but a big boost for the maintenance fund. In the past five years, all maintenance has been done from the general income. However, the costs for this increase as the number of playgrounds grows, 12 new ones and one adopted now, so the general income is being spent more and more on maintenance. This is therefore at the expense of new playgrounds. The age of the playgrounds will also eventually count. All the equipment will eventually have to be replaced. The equipment is heavily used by the children. In order to be able to continue building new playgrounds, the realized playgrounds must be guaranteed to be maintained. It is essential that every playground is maintained by Gelukskinders. The schools cannot take that on themselves. They have no money for that.
The playgrounds bear Amira’s name, the foundation cannot afford to turn a blind eye to this very important work. Not now, not tomorrow and actually never. Accidents happen at playgrounds, that is the case everywhere and schools are insured against accidents like that. Scratches, bloody knees, bruises, up to, unfortunately, broken limbs – who hasn’t had that kind of experience as a child or as a parent? However, when a child is hurt as a result of negligent maintenance, it reflects directly on the foundation, including Amira. That must be prevented at all times.

Regular maintenance is of vital importance!

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Six new playgrounds within two months!

July and August 2019 marked a huge milestone for Amira’s Gelukskinders foundation – 6 new playgrounds were opened!

These were very busy months for those involved in preparations, construction, and openings, but the results are astonishing and well worth all the efforts. Several hundred more children can now enjoy brand new equipment and playgrounds. They were all very enthusiastic and happy about it. Broad grins on their faces said it all!
As always, children received gifts made by Amira who was assisted by her family, friends, and fans attending the events. Joined by local young soloists, choirs, and well-known artists, Amira performed for the children and guests. She was also very eager to demonstrate how to use the equipment!
The sheer joy Amira exhibits when opening new playgrounds is contagious. We are all very proud of her and thankful for being a continuous inspiration to us! 

Below is the list of all six playgrounds. Follow the links for more details and photos.

No. 7 – Ourief Primary School, opened on July 22nd, 2019

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Dream comes true for 9-year-old

A dream comes true for the 9-year-old winner of Holland’s Got Talent. The world initially found out about Amira Willighagen after her sensational audition for the TV-show Holland’s Got Talent in october 2013 went viral on YouTube, with not less than 15 million hits! It was not surprising that this talented 9-year-old eventually won. Read more

Prodigy with link to South-Africa a YouTube sensation

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Amira Willighagen (left) with her mother Frieda, father Gerrit and brother Fincent at Vergelegen (photo: Tracey Adams)

When Amira arrived last Thursday at the Vergelegen wine estate, one could easily be misled in assuming she was just any ordinary child on holiday with her family. Only a few in South-Africa could know that one of the world’s youngest singing stars had arrived in Cape Town. Read more