Ambassadors

The Night of the Refugee can count on the support of several famous Dutch people. Every year, they use their fame, network, and expertise to draw attention to the fate of refugees. Below is a list of famous contributors who dedicate themselves to our foundation:

Melissa Drost















Melissa Drost (34) is actress of the most popular soap in the Netherlands: Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (Good Times, Bad Times). She also played in musicals as Soldaat van Oranje en De Tweeling. Melissa is the new face of the Night of the Refugee.

Melissa has been involved with the Night of the Refugee since 2017. "You can't look at a burning world with open eyes, while doing nothing?" She recently visited the Myanmarese refugees in Thailand to see how the money is being spent there.

Naturally, in 2020, Melissa will be involved in the Night of the Refugee, she will walk the nightwalk for the third time.

 

Art Rooijakkers

Presenter and program maker Art Rooijakkers was once the youngest reporter for the current affairs program Nova, worked for TV channels AT5 and Net5, and started out as an AVRO presenter for Wie Is De Mol? and Helden van de Wildernis. In April 2018, he started working for RTL.

Art has been involved with the Night of the Refugee for many years now. "Whatever your opinion of refugees is: you cannot be opposed to providing local aid to people who have fled from war and conflict." He has travelled to crisis-stricken areas several times. For example, he recently visited the Venezuelan refugees in Colombia to see how the money is being spent there. Naturally, in 2020, Art will once again be involved in the Night of the Refugee.

 

Waldemar Torenstra

Waldemar Torenstra has acted in many (Dutch) plays, TV shows, and films. These include Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster and Zomerhitte. He became known to the general public thanks to his role in Divorce and his own TV show Vechtershart. Waldemar also plays the main role in this year's successful Baantjer TV show.  

In the past year, Waldemar and minister Sigrid Kraag sounded the starting signal in Amsterdam. Waldemar: 'If I imagine myself being on the run and losing everything, then I'd welcome every bit of aid with open arms.' Waldemar has participated in the Night of the Refugee many times now, and in 2020, he will, of course, be involved again.

Art and Waldemar in action during one of the previous editions (2015) of the Night of the Refugee:

 

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