Over 20,000 volunteers hit the streets for Folkekirkens Nødhjælp

Danes dig a little deeper to help women worldwide

The Church of Denmark's annual charity collection, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, was a bit more successful this year than last.

A total of 14 million kroner was collected yesterday by more than 20,000 volunteers going door-to-door with the familiar black collection buckets. 

That is about one million kroner more than was collected by last year’s 19,000 volunteers. 

Money for women around the world
This year’s collection date fell on International Women’s Day, and the springlike weather was surely key in helping bring in more donations for at-risk women around the world.  

“In the poorest countries, it is usually women who ensure that the children receive food, medicine and get an education,” explained Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, a spokesperson for Folkekirkens Nødhjælp.

“Therefore, it is only natural to give them a helping hand with a collection taken on International Women's Day.”

Charlotte Chammon is the vicar of the Nr Herlev parish near Hillerød. Her results reflected those from around the country.

“It went very well,” she said. “We had between 35 and 45 children and adults collecting and they brought in 22,567 kroner, which is a bit more than the past few years.”

A good cause
The money collected will go towards educating women, informing them of their rights and helping to prevent abuse and violence against women.

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With questions being asked about the effectiveness of these types of fund drives, the organisation's website prominently displays a graph showing that nearly 80 percent of the money collected makes it to those in need, while the rest goes to administrative costs.