Hunger Day collection

Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki / Suomen Punainen Risti
Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki / Suomen Punainen Risti

Hunger Day collection

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Help people in the greatest need. We are running a world-wide coronavirus emergency aid operation.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies play an important role in the distribution of goods and information as well as in vaccination efforts. Please support our volunteers: make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund

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Hunger Day, organised throughout Finland, is the largest fundraising campaign of the Finnish Red Cross. On Hunger Day, a large group of volunteers, schools and companies collects funds for those who need help the most.

The donations are used to help victims of natural disasters and war quickly all over the world, and in Finland, aid is offered to victims of sudden accidents.

Hunger Day takes place annually between 1 September and 31 October. In addition to donating, you can participate in Hunger Day as a box collector or by setting up a digital fundraiser. Join us!

23–25 September 2021
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Information about the Hunger Day collection

The Hunger Day collection raises uncommitted funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The funds are not committed in advance to any specific target. Therefore, the funds can be spent quickly where the need for aid is the greatest.

Right now, there are more than 45 million people suffering from a severe food shortage in Southern Africa, for example. Funds collected on Hunger Day can be used to supply emergency aid to the area. Cash grants and food aid can help people make it through the worst. Without food there is no safety, no hope, no future.

In Finland, the Hunger Day donations e.g. aid victims of fires and maintain preparedness for providing aid under exceptional circumstances.

At least 80 cents from each euro donated to the Disaster Relief Fund are directed towards an aid operation. According to the rules of the Disaster Relief Fund, the collection expenses must not exceed 20 per cent.

These expenses are made up of acquiring collection equipment, such as collection boxes and vests, as well as collection safety and communications. The rules of the Disaster Relief Fund and the strict control regulate the use of the donated funds.

Around the world:

  • €1.2: soap for a family living in a refugee camp to prevent coronavirus infections
  • €3.8: three days’ worth of food for a family suffering from food shortage
  • €5: a fruit tree for a family suffering from food shortage to ensure an independent source of food
  • €35: a drought-resistant garden for a family to ensure an independent source of food.

In Finland:

  • €1: a face mask for a volunteer
  • €50: training in psychosocial support for a volunteer
  • €160: clothes for a fire victim.

Donate or participate as a digital fundraiser or box collector. The Hunger Day box collection hits the streets of Finland on 23–25 September 2021. Donations are collected online during September and October.

Donation methods

  • Donate online using the online form
  • Donate €15 – Text the word SPR to the number 16499
  • Use MobilePay to transfer the desired sum to the number 10900
  • Make a bank transfer to the account FI52 5000 0120 4156 73, reference number 5173
  • Donate to the Hunger Day Facebook fundraiser
  • Donate to the joint Hunger Day online collection
  • Donate €5 – Text the word SPR5 to the number 16499
  • Donate €10 – Text the word SPR10 to the number 16499
  • Donate €20 – Call 0600-122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)
  • Use Pivo to transfer the desired sum to the number 888500
  • Donate at the store checkout at Tokmanni

Yes. For example, people who have lost their homes in fires need help with necessary purchases, starting with a toothbrush. The Red Cross also provides psychosocial support for accident victims and their families.

The coronavirus crisis has emphasised the importance of being prepared. The Hunger Day donations allow us to maintain our preparedness for operating under exceptional circumstances.

The Disaster Relief Fund is also used to support the preparedness of the Voluntary Rescue Service. These volunteers support the authorities e.g. in finding missing persons and during major accidents.

Hunger Day is a Finnish Red Cross collection organised in September each year. Hunger Day was born when the volunteer Mailis Korhonen from Pälkäne had an idea for the ”fundraising campaign for everyone in Pälkäne” in 1980.
The event quickly spread throughout the country and is currently organised in nearly every Finnish municipality.

The first Hunger Day collection was organised to help the victims of famine in East Africa, hence the name Hunger Day. Back then, people were encouraged to eat lightly on Hunger Day and donate the saved funds to the collection.
Today, you can spend Hunger Day as you wish – not even feasting is forbidden. The idea of Hunger Day is that everyone should have food and those in need should receive aid.