The Nordic School Run is an annual event and was first held in 1984. Every elementary school in Scandinavia can participate and Icelandic students have been taking part in big numbers. With this event the main reason is to encourage students to get excercise and thus aim for a better and healthier lifestyle. In the school run in 2007 the teachers at Giljaskoli in Akureyri, the Capital of the Northern part of Iceland, decided to raise funds to be able to financially support two ABC students. The fundraising has usually been in conjunction with the School Run but for the last two years the funds have been raised some time after the run has finished.

Students run 1 to 4 „school laps“ and each one is around 2.5 kilometers. Students and staff are encouraged to donate a small amount of money into collection trays and thanks to those donations it has been possible to sponsor two ABC students through their studies.

In 2007 Udaya Lakshmi Gajjelagunta and Vincent Obina enjoyed sponsorship courtesy of Giljaskoli. Udaya is from India and Vincent is from Uganda. Today they have finished their studies at the ABC schools and the students and staff now sponsor two new students; Venkateswaramma Ramma and Kevine Jenneth Akello and they are also from India and Uganda.

The students at Giljaskoli get an introduction of their sponsored fellow students from far away and their desire to continue the sponsorship every year is displayed by their large participation in each run and sizeable donations which always cover the cost of studies for the year. The ABC students always send Christmas cards and students at Giljaskoli do as well and also a package containing stationery for Venkateswaramma and Kevine.

 

This is certainly an annual run for the good and we thank the students and staff of Giljaskoli for the precious gift of an opportunity to build a good life through education.

Sponsors were generous with their donations to the Christmas fund and here are students at Molfrid Center in the Philippines throwing a Christmas party.

The staff at Molfrid then distributed Christmas gifts to the children.

We thank the sponsors for their donations.

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.

An excerpt from an interview with a sponsor from ABC magazine's third issue.

Kristin Helga Gunnarsdottir is a renowned writer and a former news reporter who sponsors Sonaina who studies in Chak school in Pakistan. We asked Kristin how she got to know about ABC Children's Aid.

"I had heard about the organization from here and there, including the media. I followed it from a distance and admired the work that was being done. I'm one of those people who's always intending to do good and not just send happy thoughts to those who have a tough time."

Kristin and her mother wanted to sponsor a child from Pakistan. Kristin had worked as a news reporter for a TV station in Iceland and she followed closely the political climate in Pakistan and it's torrid relationship with Afghanistan and India. She felt the plight of women was extremely dire and wanted to sponsor a girl in need of help. "It's the least I can do. We here in Iceland enjoy such privilege and we could do a lot more then we're doing." Kristin says.

Kristin speaks highly of ABC Children's Aid and says it's the kind of organization that makes her have faith in mankind's ability to do the right thing. "Together we can do this," she says.

 

 

We're very happy to inform everyone that the number of sponsors grew considerably in the year 2016.

Here are pictures of Christmas celebrations in the ABC schools in Pakistan.

Farooqabad

Gujaranwala

Machike

We wish everyone a happy new year.

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