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Staff and passengers at Sweden's airports donate €357,000 to charity in 2017

Kind hearted staff and passengers at Sweden's airports donated 3.5 million kronor (€357,000) to the Swedish Red Cross last year.

The total is an impressive one million kronor (€100,000) more than raised durng 2016's fund-raising efforts.

“We are proud of our long-term partnership with the Red Cross," noted Swedavia's president and CEO, Jonas Abrahamsson, during yesterday's cheque presentation ceremony to the charity.

"It gives me great pleasure to hand over the donation from our passengers and employees for this important work for people all around the world."

President of the Swedish Red Cross, Margareta Wahlström, visiting Stockholm Arlanda Airport to pick up the donation, expressed her delight at the continued generosity of airport staff and the travelling public.

“Right now, we see major humanitarian challenges in many parts of the world. Some examples are the war in Syria, the refugee situation in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, and the difficult situation in Yemen," said Wahlstöm.

"In Sweden, we are working right now to enhance our ability to act in a crisis, in part through our unique partnership with Swedavia involving volunteer crisis supporters.

"With the money that has been donated, the Red Cross will be able to make sure that even more people in vulnerable situations will have access to shelter, food and medicine."

The partnership between Swedavia and the Red Cross was launched ten years ago and today there are collection boxes at all five Swedavia airports –Stockholm Arlanda, Gothenburg Landvetter, Malmö, Stockholm Bromma and Åre Östersund – which between them welcome around 100,000 people each day.

Swedavia also donates items left at its airports to the Red Cross for resale if they have not been picked up within three months.

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