Norwegians give millions to humanitarian work
The Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit started this years fund-raising campaign by putting the first crisp bills in the colleting box Sunday afternoon at Marienlyst, Oslo. Around 11 p.m. Sunday the amount had increased to over NOK 150 million (USD 21 million), where of the government donated NOK 25 million (USD 3.8 million).
A campaign like the one we have had today is fantastic. In addition to the money, it should bring us closer to children in the world who are suffering, and who do not get an education, said Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, Christian Democrat (KrF), when he visited the television station NRK during the fund-raising event.
The funds from this years campaign will be given to the organization Redd Barna, the Norwegian Save the Children organization. The funds will be used for schooling for thousands of children in Cambodia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Furthermore, some of the money will be used in Norway on a project to reduce malicious teasing, according to the Norwegian news bureau (NTB).
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