Passengers of Helsinki Airport have already collected 35,000 euros for children
Thursday 30, December 2010
Organised by Finavia and development co-operation organisation Plan Finland, the joint fundraiser held at Helsinki Airport collected nearly 35,000 euros by October 2010.
For the past couple years, air passengers have been able to donate the coins left over from their travels into the four pastille-shaped donation receptacles designed by designer Eero Aarnio.
The monies collected are used to meet the daily needs of children in developing countries.
The joint Finavia and Plan fundraiser was launched in 2008. The joint campaign was kicked off with the slogan "Give wings to childrens' dreams”, with the promise of making children's dreams come true. Together with Finavia and Plan, receptacle donations made in 2009 affected the lives of over 220,000 children.
The big dream of children in developing countries is to go to school and be given an opportunity to think about what they want to be when they grow up. Programmes supported by Plan Finland extensively promote education for both children and adults. One of Plan's strongest areas is the early education of children 0-6 years of age, and in 2009 over 24,000 children in developing countries participated in early education organised by Plan.
Plan has supported development of health care in partner countries, particularly where children are concerned. Key requirements for proper health are clean water and functional sanitation facilities. In 2009 over 55,000 people benefitted from Plan's water and sanitation projects and related hygiene education. Plan Finland's partnership programme was implemented in 15 countries through a total of 22 projects and programmes.
Plan Finland is a development co-operation organisation, whose aim is to permanently improve the quality of life for children in developing countries. It is Finland's largest sponsorship organisation, which has 30,000 Plan sponsors and partners. Plan Finland is part of the international Plan organisation, which is one of the largest, oldest and most geographically extensive development co-operation organisations in the world.
The work they do is based on faith in children. The immediate goal of the development co-operation is to realise the rights of children, where human rights are respected and each child has the opportunity to become a fully contributing member of society. Plan has no denominational or political affiliations.
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