Merijn van de Stadt and Sjoerd van der Linde receive their Akvo shirts in cafe Sluyswacht (9th of January, Amsterdam).

For years Merijn and my younger brother Sjoerd have secretly enjoyed playing the fantasy tabletop game Warhammer. Comfortably outside the view of family and friends, they have fought many epic battles with 20 mm – 50 mm heroic scale miniatures, for nobody to witness. Luckily for us, that is all about to change.

On the 23rd of January Games Workshop will organize Frenzy, the Dutch warhammer championship, in the Rai in Amsterdam. Amateurs Merijn and Sjoerd could not resist the temptation and registered to compete in this professional double tournament with a combined dwarf and woodelf army. They have even found a temporary coach to support them on the day, Michel Valstar.


Warhammer scenery (copyright website games workshop, 2010).

Realizing that the chances of winning are very slim, they have nonetheless decided to use this opportunity to help raise funds to provide people in Lemlem Chefe, Ethiopia, with clean drinking water. Have a look at this video, shot by local African reporter Tibebe Tamirat.

So, what’s the deal? If you agree to support this ‘Warhammer for Water’ effort you will be asked to pay a sponsor contribution depending on the end result: (1st – 3rd place: 40 euro), (3rd – 10th place: 30 euro), (10th – 40th place: 20 euro), (40th – 60th place: 10 euro). 100 % of all the funds that will be raised will be used to support this Akvo project. Local field teams will share project progress online.

If you would like to support this effort please send an email to Merijn (merijn@factdesign.nl) and Sjoerd (sjoerdvanderlinde@hotmail.com).

During the event on the 23rd you can see online how the two of them are doing by following my twitter stream.

Peter van der Linde is the partner – director of Akvo