16 January 2017
ABC Children‘s Aid relies on the good will of people in many ways. Thousands of supporters either sponsor a child or donate to the relief fund which helps support the children without sponsorship. Then there are those many thousands who give small amounts to collection boxes distributed all over the country and the yearly amount is tallied in the millions of ISK. And finally it‘s worth noting that volunteers make sure the boxes are placed in stores and businesses and substitute them with new ones once they are full.
The volunteers are many and all over the country and one of them is Gunnar Bodvarsson. On his route in the Capital area he‘s responsible for over 50 stores and businesses which he visits regularly. „I wanted to be of some use, be socially active and interact with good people“, says Gunnar when he thinks back to how he got involved with ABC. Gunnar is retired and is today 66 years old. „I did various work for ABC and finally I was asked to manage the collection boxes for a large area. It‘s been rewarding work and I enjoy being able to lend a hand to this fine organization,“ he says.
It varies how often a store or a business needs visiting depending on how fast the boxes fill up. „Some places you have to visit every two weeks but some only once in two months,“ says Gunnar and he has a good sense in this matter having handled this work for over 3 years. Each route takes about 4-5 hours and at the end of it he delivers the money that‘s been collected.
Gunnar is undecided on how long he will continue managing the largest Capital area route. „As long as I‘m healthy I‘m more than willing to help out. I meet lots of interesting people and the work is rewarding. I firmly believe it‘s for the good and I want ABC to flourish. I‘ve grown very fond of the organization and it‘s work and I like showing my support this way,“ he says.