Schalkhaar, 06-06-2022

Win one of two veteran trips to South Lebanon!
Do you want to support the relief campaigns of the Veterans for Lebanon Foundation (VVL Foundation) at the same time as having a chance to win a fully arranged 8-day veterans trip to South Lebanon?

It's possible! By participating in the VVL Sponsor Lottery you even have a double chance. This year, the VVL Foundation is raffling 2x this main prize worth € 1350 per winning ticket.

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Why a lottery?
Next summer, we will ship the 35th sea container, loaded with relief supplies obtained from donations, to Beirut. Sending a container now costs much more than two years ago. As always, we try to obtain the necessary money for this through donations. That is not always easy, especially since Lebanon is not the only country with enormous problems. But for most of us Unifil veterans, the country has an extra place in their hearts, so in addition to writing to companies and municipalities, we will continue to appeal to you as a reader by a sponsor lottery, so that we can continue to send containers.

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What does a ticket cost and what exactly is this money spent on?
One lottery ticket costs € 20,- and a maximum of 1500 tickets are sold. 85% of your lottery ticket will go to the Veterans for Lebanon Foundation. 100% of that goes to the people of Lebanon who can really use our help. The raffle will run from June 15, 2022 to September 15, 2022. On September 16, 2022,  notary J.H. Brummelhuis in Deventer will draw the two winning tickets.

How do you play along?
From 15 June to 15 September you can buy the tickets by transferring the requested amount to bank account number:

NL95RABO 0146 2226 44 in the name off SRJ Kleine Schaars, With reference to Sponsor lottery VVL, your name, address and telephone number.

You will receive your lottery ticket(s) in your letterbox within two weeks. For every 20 euros you transfer you will receive one ticket. (Note: we cannot send a lot without stating name and address, so pay attention to mentioning it).
It is also possible to buy lottery tickets directly from one of the members of the VVL foundation. We will be present at the National Veterans Day in The Hague on 25 June, among other things.
You then enter your name, address and telephone number on the corresponding entry form and save the lottery ticket until the draw. In that case, participants pay in cash or digitally via a QR code, using the banking app on your smartphone. After payment you will immediately receive your ticket(s). You recognize us this day by the VVL T-shirt and the VVL flag on the Malieveld with our logo.
If you want to order or pay in a different way or if you have any questions, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What are the prizes and when is the draw?
We raffle twice a fully arranged 8-day trip to Lebanon in 2023.
The trip consists of 1 standard return flight ticket Amsterdam Beirut with Transavia. You travel with a group of various veterans to the South of Lebanon for a few days, maximum 20 people, in a luxury coach with driver and guide. Prior to the trip you make your wishes known regarding the visit to the south. You provide a valid passport yourself. We will arrange the necessary documents on site. All lodging and meals are included. Except for own consumptions (alcoholic drinks) and souvenirs.
The date of the trip has not yet been determined. We hope to make this trip in mid-April / May 2023, but that can also be in the autumn, October 2023. The prize cannot be exchanged for money.

The draw will take place on: September 16, 2022. The winning participants will be notified by telephone.

For the full regulations, we refer you to the conditions elsewhere on this website.

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About Veterans for Lebanon


From 1979 to 1985, almost 9,000 Dutchmen, mostly conscripts, contributed to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon. Now more than 41 years later, this peacekeeping force is still present on the border of Lebanon and Israel.




It is in 2018 when Bert Kleine Schaars organizes a first trip with former Dutch Unifil soldiers. This is possible with the cooperation of, among others, Minister Bijleveld and the airline Transavia, which has just started direct flights from Amsterdam / Beirut.

The second trip with several veterans and their wives or children is in March 2020. It is another great trip through a country that has great poverty and unfortunately also has few options of its own. Only recently have gas and oil fields been found off the coast. In fact, the country is completely dependent on food imports.

Due to the global crises, the country is in bad shape if the Corona strikes there too in March. Medical facilities are coming under even more pressure.

From this group, the idea quickly arises of how help can still be provided and what would be the best way to organize it. If the group in the Netherlands in the Lock down is still working on that thought, something will happen on August 4 that will change everything in that country and in Beirut.

On August 4, 2020, an unprecedentedly heavy explosion destroyed a large part of the Lebanese capital within seconds. The damage is enormous, the human suffering hard to comprehend.

The sad balance: 200 dead, 6,000 injured, 300,000 homeless!


Background and establishment of the foundation


The explosion of August 4, 2020 in Beirut is the direct reason for the establishment of the VVL foundation, veterans for Lebanon.


August 12, 2020
At the initiative of Bert Kleine Schaars, the campaign 'Veterans help Beirut' is being set up together with the Veterans Institute and the Foundation for the Support of Veterans Activities (OVA).

August 14, 2020
Bert Kleine Schaars is a guest in the TV program Een Today, where he gets the opportunity to draw attention to the action.

September 22, 2020
Intermediate position of the aid campaign: more than € 20,000.

September 29, 2020
Establishment of the 'Foundation VVL, veterans for lebanon'.

Board members of the foundation

  • Bert Kleine Schaars
  • Jeannet Kleine Schaars
  • Fred van der Ploeg
  • Janos Loczi
  • Siem Kersten

Objective of the foundation

  • Promoting the friendships of the Dutch with Lebanon and Lebanese;
  • Promoting knowledge of the archaeological riches of Lebanon in the Netherlands;
  • Promote Lebanon as a country and travel destination;
  • Supporting the preparation and guidance of UNIFIL veterans on return trips;
  • Supporting targeted aid actions to offer support and/or relief goods for or in Lebanon.

In collaboration with Containers of Love, we as a foundation are still committed to sending relief supplies to Beirut with the help of our sponsors. Every transport means a lot of arrangements and, in addition to careful planning, requires targeted supervision of the execution. Because we want to be sure that the containers not only arrive, but also that all relief supplies on site find their way to the planned final destination as quickly as possible. Given the current circumstances in Lebanon, this is a challenging operation.

Several dozen containers have now been successfully shipped. But many more transports will be needed. This is not possible without financial and material support. In that regard, we would like to make an urgent appeal to you and to companies that want to contribute to the reconstruction of the city of Beirut and to that beautiful country full of potential, which Lebanon was and is!

Help is urgently needed! On behalf of the people of Lebanon: THANK YOU!

See also our weblog above for the current state of affairs.