Dutch Alternative Investments Industry raises funds for A4C charity
The Dutch hedge fund industry may be dwarfed in size by its London and New York peers, but you wouldn’t have realised that from the noise and enthusiasm generated at the recent Alternatives4Children (A4C) spring fund raising party at Amsterdam’s ANDAZ Hotel.
Marc de Kloe, outgoing Head of the Global Alternatives and Funds team for ABN AMRO Private Banking and Co-founder of A4C, said at the event: “The financial industry has not had the best press in recent years, but tonight you’re seeing what can be achieved when people choose to put aside the relentless pursuit of investment returns and contribute their time and skills to supporting the greatest of all causes – ensuring that children from the poorest backgrounds worldwide get a decent chance in life.”
De Kloe’s comments were echoed by Joost Taverne of the Dutch Parliament and by the diplomatic representatives to the Netherlands of Peru and Ghana where A4C provides support to projects for children in some of the most impoverished communities of those countries.
Carlos Herrera, Ambassador of Peru to the Kingdom of the Netherlands said in a statement to the A4C event: We have the necessary human potential to achieve sustainable growth that offers opportunities to all and we believe, as do you, that education is a fundamental medium to reach this objective….We salute and thank in a special way all the efforts of the people and institutions that aim to contribute in this objective, as does Alternatives4Children with ‘Niños del Arco Iris’ or “Children of the Rainbow” in Urubamba, Cusco.”
A4C has raised EUR20,000 for its sponsored projects so far this year and is on course to raise its target EUR150,000 by year-end, depending on the level of contributions made at its flagship Gala Dinner in Amsterdam in October.