FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAMPAIGN FOR CROATIA'S HUNGRY CHILDREN
IndieGoGo.com – “No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless”
Raising hope, empowering dreams by helping feed Croatian school children.
Update and RESULTS: March, 15, 2015 - Nashville, TN
The IndieGoGo Campaign “No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless” has ended
successfully - exceeding the target of USD $6,161.
This Campaign was set up by Tajci Cameron, Croatian celebrity and HuffPost blogger from
Nashville, TN in support of “Da ni jedno dijete u Hrvatskoj ne bude gladno,” organized in
Zagreb, Croatia by Portal dobrote.
The beauty and the strength of this campaign is in its message that we are not powerless.
As individuals we have joined together to make a difference for the hungry school children in
Croatia. Through our action, we have proven that many hands working together can create a
force for change. This campaign has been about more than giving money, it is about raising
hope, restoring faith and giving someone an opportunity to believe that all is possible – even
when you find yourself in despair.
“Over the past few years I've travelled to Croatia regularly and have witnessed how one by one,
more and more people are waking up, rolling up their sleeves and moving forward in solidarity
and strength, despite the bullies and the system that would still like to shame us into the belief
that we are powerless.”
- Tajci, from Huffington Post article: Winning at Life in Croatia....and in Our World
As of Tuesday, 17th March a summary of all the funds received for the campaign was -
Direct to Portal dobrote (Croatia) campaign - 195,546 HRK** or $27,140 (per XE Trade on
March 17, 2015)
IndieGoGo (American, Canada and Australia) campaign - $7,614 or 54,935.65 HRK (per XE
Trade on March 17, 2015)
** These funds also include amounts raised by Portal Dobrote since December 2014.
Students from the following schools have already received help thanks to the campaign -
^23,850.00 53* Mate Lovrak O.S. Petrinja Sisačko-Moslavačka
3,250.00 10 Lovas O.S. Lovas Vukovarsko-Srijemska
40,095.00 99 Julija Bešenića O.S. Ilok Vukovarsko-Srijemska
10,200.00 34 Ivana Brlić Mažuranić O.S. Strizivojna Osječko-Baranjska
^10,530.00 13 Vladimira Vidrića O.S. Kutina Sisačko-Moslavačka
^15,000.00 25 Jasenovac O.S. Jasenovac Sisačko-Moslavačka
18,495.00 83 Sunja O.S. Sunja Sisačko-Moslavačka
9,968.00 14 King Tomislav O.S. Udbina Lika-Senj
6,300.00 20 Tovarnik O.S. Tovarnik Vukovar-Syrmia
12,425.00 35 Mikleus O.S. Mikleus Viroviticko-Podravska
14,480.00 46 Davorina Trestenjaka O.S. Hrvatska
6,110.00 26 Vladimira Nazora O.S. Komletinci Vukovarsko-srijemska
O.S. = Osnovna Skola - Elementary School
*an additional 7 students received lunches thanks to individuals donating directly to the school.
^students from the these schools have had lunches secured since January 2015, thanks to Portal
Dobrote’s fundraising efforts in December, 2014.
The following schools are on the waiting list. Funds from the indiegogo campaign will secure
lunches for them through 16th June, 2015.
9,610.00 31 Vladimira Nazora O.S. Hrvatska
3,250.00 10 Suna O.S. Sunja Sisačko-Moslavačka
9,135.00 58 Ivo Kozarčanin O.S. Hrvatska
## 9 Komarevo O.S. Komarevo Sisačko-Moslavačka
## 86 Lekenik O.S. Lekenik Sisačko-Moslavačka
### 60 Novska O.S. Novska Sisačko-Moslavačka
## Amounts to be formally agreed.
### Amounts and number of students requiring assistance to be formally agreed.
Portal Dobrote is constantly researching schools that may need help. Any funds left over from
the IndieGoGo campaign will go to new schools, or saved for the following school year starting
August 31, 2015. All amounts will be documented on Portal Dobrote website.
Although the IndieGoGo campaign has closed, Portal dobrote's Croatian bank account can still
receive donations at -
Account name: Humanitarna udruga Portal dobrote,
Bank address: Trakošćanska 21, 10000 Zagreb.
Please state reason for deposit as – “za akciju Da niti jedno dijete u Hrvatskoj ne bude gladno”
In early March 2015, the Croatian Minister For Social Welfare, Milanka Opacic, had announced
a new measure to deal with the issues of hungry children at schools. The government
has allocated an extra 24 million Kuna (cca 3.2 million EURO) to cater for warm meals for
Elementary school children. Tenders are currently being accepted until 13th April, 2015 for
contracts to disperse funds to hungry school children. Portal Dobrote will submit an application.
OUR FUNDERS AND SPONSORS
The campaign has been a success on many levels; the number of donations received, shares,
thoughts and offers for help have been amazing. We are grateful for the Croatian National
Television becoming the media sponsor for the #DaNeBuduGladni campaign in Croatia. Thanks
to their support, the issue of child hunger has finally gained the attention it deserves!
Because ordinary people have shown their support through their donations and through the
sharing of information on social media, the Croatian government responded now introducing
measures to address the issue as announced by the Croatian Minister of Social Welfare
Milanka Opacic in early March.
There are many, many people to thank. We would like to make a special mention of the
following organizations who have contributed to the campaign since the launch of IndieGoGo
extension on February 3, 2015:
Adria Building Consultants, Toronto, Canada
Australsko Hrvatsko Žensko Društvo Katarina Zrinski, Melbourne, Australia
Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Parish, Chicago, USA
Blue Chip Manufacturing, Cleveland, USA
Dalmi Inc, Toronto, Canada
Dandenong City Hajduk Soccer Club, Melbourne, Australia
F.A. Hrvatska Zora, Melbourne, Australia
Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, USA
Hrvatski Vjesnik, Croatian Herald, Australia
Ilirija Hotels, Biograd, Croatia
Melbourne Croatia Social Club, Australia
Melbourne Knights Soccer Club, Australia
Ragusa Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia
St Jerome Croatian Parish, Chicago, USA
TWO-M Precision, Cleveland, USA
Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Australia
Vinoklet Winery, Cincinnati, USA
We would also to like to thank our individual donors from all over Australia, including Perth,
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the USA including Texas and Virginia, and in Canada, in
A STORY OF MORALE
As part of the campaign, the Jasenovac Elementary School took part in an Art competition
judged by Elizabeth Hardin-Klink, Associate Educator of Family and School Programs,
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati USA. The winners and final submissions are shown
on the gallery section of the IndieGoGo campaign 'No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left
School Director of Jasenovac Elementary School, Mr Šepović -
“Morale in our school was low. When the students learned that someone from an Art
museum in the United States would look at their work and decide a winner, and that
they might be published, the students of the school were transformed. The hope of just
their drawing being shown in America, encouraged a greater effort, careful approach and
thorough work plan. Of course, not to mention the plan how they will boast to their friends!”
Several winners will receive art supplies provided by Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center and
through generosity of an anonymous donor.
Elizabeth Hardin-Klink says: “I found it very hard to pick a winner because all of the students did
such a fantastic job. I could tell a lot of thought went into your work. The staff really responded
to the use of bold, beautiful color and the story that each picture told. What I love about art is
that it’s a universal language for everyone to share and appreciate from all over the world.”
There is still much work to be done. Please join 'Wakingupforgood' group on Facebook so that
we can continue Winning at Life in Croatia....and in Our World.