The whole of Espoo joins the #kummitila campaign

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2020-01-27 9:16

The City of Espoo is one of the main cooperation partners of the Association of Friends of the University Children's Hospitals in 2020. In addition to the Elämä Lapselle charity concert to be held at Espoo Metro Areena in September, there will be numerous #kummitila events held throughout the city over the year.

Espoo will be participating in the #kummitila campaign throughout the year as one of the main cooperation partners of the charity organisation Association of Friends of the University Children's Hospitals. The highlight of the year will be the Elämä Lapselle (‘Life for Children’) charity concert to be held at Espoo Metro Areena in September, in addition to which the campaign will be organising numerous smaller events throughout the year. Individual people and organisation alike can participate in the campaign by organising their own collections or events to increase the visibility of actions undertaken to improve and promote the well-being of children.

“The Association does very important work. We want to challenge and inspire everyone is Espoo, especially working communities – as well as the City’s own employees – to participate. Our aim for the year is to not only raise a hefty amount of money for a good cause, but to also establish a foundation for new, long-term partnerships between operators in Espoo and the Association,” says Director of Economic Development Tuula Antola from the City of Espoo.

The Association of Friends of the University Children's Hospitals has been supporting young patients and their families since 1993. Nationally, the Association is focused on supporting the five Finnish university children's hospitals, paediatric research and the mental health work of children and adolescents.

“This partnership with the City of Espoo opens up numerous opportunities for both parties to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The Association’s aim is to support the best possible treatment and care of children and adolescents in Finland, and the kummitila concept was developed to promote people’s participation in projects just like this one, for example. Getting to work with the City of Espoo as part of such an impactful year-long partnership is a great opportunity for us,” says Executive Director Anu Rapeli from the Association of Friends of the University Children's Hospitals.

The Association of Friends of the University Children's hospitals supports the five Finnish university children's hospitals, development and research, and attempts to improve the comfort of patients during their hospital stay. Over recent years, the association has placed significant attention on the mental health work of children and adolescents. Funds are collected by numerous means all year round. Throughout its course, the Association of Friends of the University Children's hospitals has made donations of about 36 million euros.