Unforgettable Afternoon for Sick Children MCA in Skybox at Alkmaar Football Club AZ

On Sunday February 1, 2014, nearly twenty chronically ill children under treatment at the Alkmaar Medical Centre (MCA) had an unforgettable afternoon in the AZ stadium, watching the match between AZ and Heracles. With the help of AZ, Waaier-member Heatteq and skybox partners Blok Groep and Staalwerk BV had pulled all the stops out: the children were picked up at the hospital in the players’ bus. On arrival in the skybox, they all received an AZ shirt with their own name printed on it, and a real AZ football. The children who predicted the outcome of the match correctly, won an AZ backpack. It was a great party, with delicious snacks, live music, playing football in the hallway and, as a final treat, croquet rolls. A fantastic afternoon! All the more so, because AZ had won the match 3 – 1! To top it all, several AZ players came to sign the footballs and shirts. Jan Soonius of Heatteq: “It was really good to treat these children to such a fun party!”

And the children really had a good time. The mother of Justin (7), who lost part of his lungs: “He had been in the hospital 35 times over the last couple of years, and one time he was even picked up by the emergency helicopter. Last October, we thought that we had lost him. It is really great that he can now finally join in on a “Cheer Up Day” for the first time! He was so excited that he couldn’t sleep last night. He’d like to play football himself, but that’s not possible. That’s why it was really special for him to be here and meet the players.”

Moos (8) too had every reason not to miss out on this opportunity. His mother: “Moos has a serious food allergy, combined with extreme asthma and eczema. He wasn’t feeling well this morning. We patched him up with a few tablets and now he is here. That’s fantastic! If you have a sick child, you really appreciate initiatives like this. It’s wonderful that they have organized this, and the kids are having such great fun!”
Photographer and Waaier-member Erik Boschman captured every detail of the event.