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Two Swedish girls wanted to go on holiday to Budapest, but changed their mind and started fundraising for migrants
Two ladies, Linda Lustig and Carin Ekroth planned to spend their holiday with activities like relaxing and shopping in Hungary, but after they have heard about the migrant crisis they went out one afternoon to help at Keleti railway terminal. Linda Lustig said, she just could not cope with the feeling of spending money just for fun, while at the same time others are in desperate situation. They used social media sites (Facebook and Instagram) to ask their acquaintances if they want to join the programme and suddenly the project escalated to much more than they expected before.
They fundraised 26.000 Swedish crowns (about 900.000 Hungarian Forints) in 4 hours from their acquaintances, and the doctor with whom they travelled on the same plane added 70.000 Swedish Crowns, so the capital suddenly reached the 3.000.000 Hungarian Forints which they could spend on charitable purposes on their holiday weekend. Although things did not go as easy as they wished to, police forbade them to allocate food, in spite of their request for a permission, they have not been informed where they could get the permit from.
Despite the situation, they decided to distribute all the things they managed to accumulate, and with two rented vans they transported nappies, toiletries, fruits, biscuits, medicines, shoes and water. Linda and Carin stated on Swedish television that it was their pleasure to help – accordingly they have already found out what other ways can they help to their downtrodden fellow humans.