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Published: Friday, 13.02.2015

The presentation of the donation programme “A Friend is Always by My Side” in Osijek

Yesterday we presented the SOS Children's Village Croatia donation programme “A Friend is Always by My Side” in Osijek, in a Lidl store where SOS representatives approach the passers-by to invite them to join the programme.

 SOS representatives showed how they work, look and what information they share with the citizens. Marinka Šenjug, director of the SOS Children's Village Croatia Fundraising Department, emphasized the importance of transparency on the part of the SOS representatives and the importance of raising donations for children from SOS Children's Village, while Zoran Relić, director of the SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci, spoke about the specific demands of fundraising in the Osijek-Baranja region.

“A Friend is Always by My Side”, the SOS Children's Village Croatia programme that encourages and invites private citizens to help the children by contributing monthly sums via direct debt or credit card, recently launched in Osijek and Virovitica as well.
SOS Children’s Village Croatia raises donations from private citizens through the programme “A Friend Is Always by My Side”, namely through the “face-to-face” channel. SOS representatives make direct contact with the citizens in their homes, on the street and in shopping malls, spreading the word about the life in the SOS Children’s Villages and the SOS child and youth care. SOS representatives are immediately recognizable by their orange T-shirts with the SOS Children’s Village Croatia logo, the slogan “A Friend Is Always by My Side”, and of course, by their smiles!

Citizens can become members of the Friends Club after signing an application form to open a standing order in a bank or to have their monthly donations charged to their credit cards. The application form is provided by our SOS representatives. Members of the Friends Club are regular donors, private citizens, who pay a sum of their own choosing to the SOS Children’s Village Croatia once a month. Funds raised in this way enable us to provide a loving home for every child in Croatia who has been placed in SOS Children’s Villages Lekenik or Ladimirevci.

We believe that talking to SOS representatives and having the opportunity to join the programme “A Friend is Always by My Side” will gladden the hearts of our citizens and give them a genuine sense of how wonderful it is to help others. We also want to point out that SOS representatives do not accept money or other types of material help on the spot.

At the moment, around forty SOS representatives are active in Zagreb, Split, Osijek and Virovitica.

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