February 12Helsingør was friday officially declared UNICEF city by protektor Countess Alexandra
To be UNICEF City means that the businesses, schools, institutions initiates activities to a UNICEF´s project in the third world. This year it is a school project in Zambia. A lot of schools drown in water. UNICEF and local youngsters in Zambia has developed a concept "floating" schools.
Shortly before 13.00pm and with a huge bang the opening celebration started as Helsingør was officiall declared UNICEF City 2012 by UNICEF patroness Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg.
In his opening speech Mayor John Hecht-Nielsen said, that he was proud that UNICEF Denmark had pointed out Helsingør as Unicef City in 2012:
- "We will place great emphasis on the dissemination of information about children's conditions and rights, and it is natural to use UNICEF year 2012 as background to think UNICEF for children, and it can give our children a broader perspective on the world."
The mayor also told that the municipality will support the good idea that it is the local young people in Zambia who are themselves committed to the project with the floating schools. He hoped also that UNICEF year 2012 will bring the whole community even closer together across organizations, businesses, schools and the town's local citizens.
The Secretary General of UNICEF Steen M. Andersen expressed to local newspapers that he was very pleased with what he had seen so far in Helsingør:
- "I am very impressed by the large attendance, who have been here today."
- "It will be interesting to see what is now going to happen here in Helsingør, which has already made a good start."
"When Randers was UNICEF City in 2011, it collected 100,000 Kroner on a single Saturday morning through a big competition with the soap box cars. Unbelievable that these days soap box cars can replace PlayStations and computers to get people involved in such an event."
Steen M. Andersen said afterwards:
- "It all stands or falls with the local enthusiasm, who will maintain it all started and kicking all through the impasse, which inevitably will occur from time to time."
- "After what I've seen today, then I have no doubt that we will be here in Helsingør," said Director Steen M. Andersen's optimistic assessment
more photos here: http://helsingoer.lokalav...p;Ref=PH&Profile=2095