The Queen presents certificates to the winners of the Mayflower fundraising campaign
The Queen with pupils from years 4-6 at Adolf Fredrik's Music School, who raised the most money this year. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Wednesday 9 October, 30 pupils from years 4-6 at Adolf Fredrik's Music School came to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to receive certificates from The Queen.
The pupils from Adolf Fredrik's Music School won the Mayflower fundraising campaign competition. They managed to raise a record-breaking total of SEK 253,280 in two weeks. The Mayflower Charity Foundation was founded in 1907, and is Sweden's biggest children's charity. This year's campaign raised SEK 60 million. The campaign runs for two weeks, after which the foundation helps children in various ways throughout the year to alleviate the effects of child poverty and financial vulnerability. This is done through direct grants to individual children, additional funding for schools and associations, opinion-forming, raising awareness, research and summer activities.
Lovisa Furmarker, Agnes Rosendahl and Jens Graffman from Adolf Fredrik's Music School. Photo: royalcourt.se
Lovisa Furmarker, Agnes Rosendahl and Jens Graffman are pupils at Adolf Fredrik's Music School and helped to break the fundraising record. How did you manage to raise so much money? Agnes: By giving it our all. For example, I told someone that the colour of their eyes was perfect for this year's Mayflower pin, which was a good way of selling. I managed to raise SEK 21,000. Lovisa: I explained what the money would be used for, and that if people buy pins it supports children who need help in various ways. And we live in the city, and there are always places here with lots of people who want to buy pins. Jens: And it's a case of not giving up if things don't go well for a while. I sold pins from two o'clock, when we finish school, through until seven o'clock in the evening for these two weeks. What was it like receiving your certificates today? Lovisa: It was great! Jens: It was exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Agnes: It was fun doing something a bit different. Will you be selling Mayflower pins next year, too? Agnes, Lovisa and Jens: Absolutely! The Queen also presented certificates to the Mayflower Association of the Year, the Blossoming Company of the Year and the Researcher of the Year.
Mayflower Association of the YearEd Mayflower Association in Ångermanland, which has quadrupled the amount of money raised this year through the commitment and efforts of teachers and children.
Blossoming Company of the YearTripnet AB works with system operation and security, and has supported the Mayflower Charity Foundation for many years. Both management and staff are also actively involved in raising awareness about financially vulnerable children in Sweden.
Researcher of the YearThe money raised from the sales of Mayflower pins also goes towards research into children's wellbeing. Researchers Helena Wigander, Emma Forsén, Carina Persson and Margareta Lindén-Boström received certificates and presented their projects to The Queen and the children from Adolf Fredrik's Music School.
Find out more about the Mayflower Charity Foundation for Children here.