1. Children Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi
  2. Now you can donate for children’s theatre visits in reverse vending machines


    NGO Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi, Evelin Ilves and 17 theatres from Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions are launching an extensive charity campaign „Aitan lapsi“ (Helping Children) in order to offer cultural experience to children in disadvantaged families.


    Donations can be made in more than 140 RVMs all over Estonia that are equipped with a special button. A donor does not have to make a money transfer, they just return used beverage containers.


    „Children from disadvantaged families need not only food, clothes and medical help. They also need positive emotions and cultural experience and unfortunately these are the costs that will be cut out first when a family has financially difficult times,“ noted Evelin Ilves.


    „I believe that in co-operation with theatres and people in Estonia, we can give back the opportunity to many children again,“ said Evelin Ilves.


    According to the Member of the Board of Aitan Lapsi and Chairman of Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce Paal Aschjem, many charity events are targeted to children with no parental care or children who are ill but children from disadvantaged families do not seem to get any attention. „Together with local governments and teachers we shall find out about disadvantaged children, it is probably around 20 000 and all donations go toward children’s theatre visits and transport to theatre,“ told Aschjem.


    Rauno Raal, the manager of Eesti Pandipakend, added that the charity campaign is one of the easiest ways of donating in Estonia and it helps to save the environment. „More than 200 million used package containers are returned yearly, so we are expecting the campaign to be one of the largest.“


    As of today, there are 17 theatres that have joined the campaign – Estonian Drama Theatre, Estonian Theatre Festival, Emajõe Summer theatre, Endla, Kanuti Gildi Saal, Kuressaare City Theatre, NO99, Puppet Theatre, R.A.A.A.M., Rakvere Theatre, Tallinn City Theatre, Vana Baskini Theatre, Vanemuine, Russian Drama Theatre, VAT Theatre, Von Krahl Theatre and Ugala.


    The largest retailers that have joined the project are Rimi, Selver, ETK Maksimarket, Stockmann and Grossi Toidukaubad.


    NGO Charity Foundation Aitan Lapsi was established in 2009 by NECC in co-operation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Last year, the Foundation supported the children’s ward in Põlva Hospital in buying medical equipment and hospital furniture.


    In addition to Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, the charity campaign is supported by Eesti Pandipakend, Tomra Baltic, Tschudi Shipping Company, Eesti Statoil and DnB Nord.



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