Yearly Norwegian Charity telethon

This year Crown Prince Haakon is the royal patron of the Norwegian charity telethon, where the money will go to the organization Care.

All over Norway volunteers are walking from door to door, asking for contributions for the organizations, or volunteers have taken upon themselves to collect money in other ways, such as bake sales.

It seems that the Crown Prince and his family are not satisfied by merely being the figureheads – they actually set up their own bake sale to support Care. The bake sale was just outside of Skaugum, close by a popular area where the people on their sunday walks could see them, and purchase a snack for the rest of their trip.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit had called together family and friends to help out with the bake sale, and everybody contributed with something on the table. The  Crown Princess produced waffles, and the apple juice sold was a product from their own garden.

Crown Prince Haakon urged people to receive the volunteers going from door to door in a positive manner.

The collected funds will go to projects, with special regards to women’s rights, in Mali, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bangladesh & the Balkan area.

The Humanitarian Foundation 2009

When Haakon and Mette-Marit married in 2001, they set up a foundation, and asked for gifts to be given to the foundation. The Norwegian government contributed to the foundation as a wedding present, with one Norwegian kr. per inhabitant in Norway. In total, the foundation received close to six mil. Norwegian kr in connection with the wedding.

The humanitarian foundation supports both projects in Norway and abroad.

It has become tradition for the foundation and the couple, to have their wedding day as the day when gifts from the foundation are given out. The recipients usually tie in with the causes the Crown Princely couple supports, such as the fight against racism, troubled youths, preventing AIDS or similar causes.

Last year the gift from the foundation went to Fundación Xochiquetzal in Nicaragua.

This year, it is sticking a bit closer to home. “Be Proud” (Vær stolt) a project dedicated to fighting racism in Holmlia, a borough in Oslo, received part of the money for 2009. The other part went to HYWA in Bærum, a youth organization against violence, racism and narcotics.

In the award ceremony, Mette-Marit said:

“The two projects that receive the funds for this year, have chosen to meet the challenges by letting youth work together to strenghten the local societies.”

Article in Norwegian from Aftenposten, including picture.