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Norwegian Refugee Council to knock on millions of doors. If someone comes knocking on your door this Sunday it is probably not a religious salesperson. Norway’s annual telethon will be well underway. “We aim to recruit 100,000 collecting box carriers and visit approximately 2 million Norwegian homes in 2 hours on Sunday, starting at 16:00,” Elisabeth Rasmusson, General Secretary of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) tells The Foreigner. Over 7,000 volunteers have been working very hard for several months to ensure everything is ready for the big event.

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Norwegian Refugee Council to knock on millions of doors

Published on Friday, 22nd October, 2010 at 20:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th October 2010 at 09:31.

If someone comes knocking on your door this Sunday it is probably not a religious salesperson. Norway’s annual telethon will be well underway.

NRC Secretary General Rasmusson in DR Congo
NRC Secretary General Rasmusson in DR Congo
Photo: The Norwegian Refugee Council/Astrid Sehl


Mammoth task

“We aim to recruit 100,000 collecting box carriers and visit approximately 2 million Norwegian homes in 2 hours on Sunday, starting at 16:00,” Elisabeth Rasmusson, General Secretary of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) tells The Foreigner.

Over 7,000 volunteers have been working very hard for several months to ensure everything is ready for the big event.

Approximately 43 million people are currently displaced worldwide because of war and natural disasters.

Rasmusson says the NRC will be concentrating on emergency education, shelters ranging from tents to rebuilding homes for when their owners return, camp management, legal assistance, and food distribution.

“We see there are huge groups of refugees that do not have what they need. All the money raised will go to help internally-displaced people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Occupied Palestine, and Colombia.”

Royal patronage                                               

Earlier last month Norway’s Queen Sonja, the telethon’s Royal Patron this year, visited Somali refugees in Dadaab just across the border in Kenya.

With its 300,000 refugees, Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world. The camp receives up to 6,000 new people each month.

HRH met refugees of all ages up to 65 years old. Some had been born and raised in the camp, others had lived there since Somalia’s civil war began in 1991.

“I am pleased to know that Queen Sonja was eager to meet the refugees on their terms – within their humble homes. She insisted on getting time on her own with some of the families she met,” Rasmusson says.

NRK1 will be broadcasting a 9-hour long programme starting at 15:00 on Sunday and the Queen’s Dadaab visit will be televised in English, as will many other contributions from journalists who have experienced the NRC’s work around the world.

“We are all looking forward to seeing the Queen,” says Rasmusson.

Other contributions include Norwegian artist Sivert Høyem, who wrote “Prisoner of the Road ” especially for the NRC. According to the foundation, it is currently Number One on iTunes.

Watch the video courtesy of the NRC below.

Experienced

The NRC is a private NGO based in Oslo. The foundation started on the long road to helping refugees in 1946 by distributing food to the famished people of Europe ravaged by WWII. It now operates in 20 countries with 2,600 staff worldwide.

With over 60 years of experience, Rasmusson feels it is extremely important to be good at what they do, and deliver.

“We are there to care,” she says.

If you miss the opportunity to put money in the collecting box this Sunday, readers based in Norway wishing to donate can do so online for the next month by clicking the banner on The Foreigner homepage, or by visiting their local Coop for the next two weeks.

According to the NRC, Norwegian-speaking US/Euro cardholders can click here. International readers can also send donations via bank transfer to NRC’s account at DnB NOR.

IBAN: NO2983800509005
SWIFT: DNBANOKKXXX
BIC: DNBANOKK

Donations of Kr 200 can also be sent by phoning 820 44 110.


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Published on Friday, 22nd October, 2010 at 20:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th October 2010 at 09:31.

This post has the following tags: norwegian, refugee, council, nrc, nrk, charity, donations, telethon, queen, hrh, sonja, norway, sivert, hoeyland, elisabeth, rasmusson, secretary, general.





  
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