Six-year old terminally ill boy raises £2m with a nail-painting challenge

Tijn Kolsteren has raised a remarkable amount of  2.5 million Euros (£2.1m) for charity by challenging people to paint their nails.

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According to The Independent, Tijn Kolsteren, a six-year-old boy from Netherlands was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year in May with the possibility of him not making it for more than a year. Despite the bad news, Tijn decided to help other children, as many as possible.

On a Dutch radio programme, Tijn, accompanied by his father, dared people to paint their nails and give money to his donation page.

The donation page‘s mission said: “Paint your nails, make a donation and then challenge three of your friends to do the same.”

“With his nail-painting dare he wanted to help children suffering from pneumonia,” the Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported. “It was an enormous success – from DJ Armin van Buuren to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and many other famous celebrities had their nails painted.”

Radio programme, 3FM’s Serious Request which annually raises money for different causes every year is raising money for the Red Cross’s fight against pneumonia. During the appeal, two DJs locked themselves without food or drink to raise money.

“Despite this bad news, we wanted to do something for children who won’t maybe even make it to six,” Mr Gerrit Kolsteren, Tijn’s father told NOS.

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