The board of the foundation consists of unpaid, idealistic, enthusiastic and creative people, each with their own specific talent.
The Stichting ZonnaCare board members are:
Volunteering runs like a common thread through my life. I have always done that in all kinds of areas, from treasurer at a residents’ organization in a district of Rotterdam, to medically supervising and organizing summer camps for children with cancer. In a period of career-switch I was looking for volunteering in a children’s hospice.
I came across ZonnaCare and was received there with great enthusiasm; that was already 4 years ago. After working as a pediatrician for 15 years, but retiring from active care, I offered my services in whatever way they could use. I now participate in a piece of care, I drive as a supervisor of the children to and from home on our bus and somewhat support in administrative matters.
Recently, I joined the board of the ZonnaCare Foundation as a treasurer- secretary. It is very nice to be able to help in this care where parents and children can easily fall between shore and ship, because the care is intensive. The fact that they get 24-hour care for a few days in a very homely environment is very beautiful and valuable to see. I am grateful to be able to contribute to this.
Arjan van den Berg
Ever since Kinderhospice ZonnaCare was founded, I have been impressed by the passionate and loving way in which they offer childcare to children. When I became a father myself, only the more I realized how important it is that children can be in a place where they are surrounded by love and care, especially when they cannot always be at home. Well, this really is such a place!
After studying Computer Science at Leiden University, I have been working at several challenging positions at Air Traffic Control the Netherlands, where I currently work as an architect to help make technical systems work more safely and efficiently.
I like to use my analytical skills as a board member of Stichting ZonnaCare, with which we support the great work of the Children’s Hospice.
With the establishment of children’s hospice ZonnaCare I have found a form to fulfill my wish; a homely environment in tune to children who are in need of care. A degree of concern that parents did not even think they could share with others at first, so measured and specific.
Our expert and enthusiastic team surrounds the children with warmth, attention and love. The right facilities, resources and materials are indispensable and require individual customization. What makes one child happy, the other child becomes over-stimulated.
Care for these children is reimbursed. The tailor-made facilities for the children who stay at the children’s hospice are not and are expensive.
We often hear suppliers of, for example, an adapted bed or play materials say “we have never received this question before or we have not experienced this yet”. We challenge each other and like to work with those who just want to think outside their comfort zone to make what seems impossible possible. Current example; use a shower stretcher with a heating element so that the child is placed directly on a surface that is already at body temperature.
My life is daily with these children. From their perspective, as a board member of the ZonnaCare foundation, I have the opportunity to articulate on behalf of the children why exactly that item is necessary to get the most out of it.
(board member, note taker)
When I heard about the existence of children’s hospice ZonnaCare in our village years ago, I was immediately interested and signed up as a volunteer, something I still like to do.
Because I also have a job, I can’t help very often but still try to do my bit, in different forms. For example, I also record the meetings of the ZonnaCare Foundation.
Every time I attend I am aware of how important and certainly not self-evident it is when you have healthy children. It must be great for the parents of the children who come to the children’s hospice ZonnaCare that they know that their child is cared for with a lot of knowledge, care and love and how wonderful it must be to be able to enjoy life carefree at those moments.
I am proud that I too am a part of the team of such a beautiful institution as children’s hospice ZonnaCare, with two enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fine people like Matthijs and Annemieke in charge who make all this possible for the children and parents