The Hunger Day box collection yielded approximately 1.5 million euros

Tatu Blomqvist
In many cities, there were more volunteer Hunger Day collectors than earlier.
Image: Tatu Blomqvist

Hunger Day donations can be made until the end of October, which is why the final result will be certain only in November.

The Hunger Day box collection between 17 and 19 September yielded approximately 1.5 million euros. The result exceeds last year’s result by approximately 200,000 euros. Hunger Day donations can be made until the end of October, which is why the final result will be certain only in November.

Currently, it seems that the threshold of three million euros is very close. If the threshold is crossed, the result will be the third-best in the history of Hunger Day. This Hunger Day is the 35th of its kind.

“We’re very grateful for all the aid and donations. The good collection result shows that Finnish people have seen the significance of the work of the Finnish Red Cross,” says John Ekelund, Director of Fundraising of the Finnish Red Cross.

The Hunger Day collection raises funds for the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The funds of the Disaster Relief Fund are uncommitted and they aid the victims of natural disasters and conflicts all around the world. The funds are used to offer aid in Finland, as well. In addition, the Red Cross offers long-term development co-operation with the help of the Disaster Relief Fund. The funds collected this year are used to aid refugees around the world and in Finland, for example.

Many first-time box collectors participated in the Hunger Day campaign in several localities.

“The will to help in Finland is immense at the moment, and clearly, many saw the participation in the box collection, either as a collector or a donor, as a concrete way of helping refugees,” Ekelund says.

“The rapid growth in asylum seeker numbers has increased the need for aid in Finland, as well. The situation in Finland or out in the world will not get any easier in the near future, which is why support is needed during the winter, and probably even later on,” Ekelund estimates.

The Hunger Day box collection ended last week, but donations through other channels can be made until the end of October.

Donate on Hunger Day:

  • By calling the number 0600 12220 (€20,28 + local network charge)
  • By texting the word ’SPR’ to 16499 (€15 per text message)
  • Online at www.nälkäpäivä.fi
  • Through MobilePay, using the number 040 135 88 00
  • By donating to the account of the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, reference: 5173