Saturday, 25 September 2021

Philanthropy Week to Start on 1 October

ZAGREB, 25 Sept, 2021 - On the European Day of Philanthropy and Foundations, 1 October, Croatia will launch Philanthropy Week, an event dedicated to motivating citizens to get involved and contribute to the development of philanthropy.

"A sense of community has been demonstrated across Croatia. Join in and give yourselves an opportunity to become better people," the organisers of the event, ZaDobro.BIT! platform, said, announcing a number of events to be taking place until 10 October.

Philanthropy Week has been joined by cities across Croatia.

In Zagreb, a lecture will be held by the Zajednički Put and Solidarna foundations on horizontal cooperation and civic solidarity as levers of the City of Zagreb's social policy, aimed at strengthening dialogue with the city authorities in preventing poverty and protecting human rights and social security.

In the northern Adriatic city of Pula, a number of events will be organised, including a campaign promoting corporate philanthropy and connecting the business and civil sectors.

The Croatian Chamber of Commerce will hold a lecture on corporate philanthropy.

In the eastern city of Osijek, an exhibition on famous Osijek philanthropists will be staged and a guided tour of buildings whose construction was financed by philanthropists will be organised.

In Kutina, young people will join in creating philanthropist campaigns.

The Ana Rukavina Foundation will organise in Omiš a drive to collect blood samples for HLA typing in an effort to expand the national register of blood stem cell donors. Registration will be possible in Omiš on 2 October.

Numerous events will also be held online. A promotional film about philanthropy, a virtual exhibition and information on the pilot-project "DoGood People" for primary and secondary school students are available at

One of the events is the "Gradimo i radimo" (We build and work) online campaign for the earthquake-struck region of Banija, aimed at collecting financial and other donations to make life for the people of that region as normal as possible during the autumn and winter.

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Saturday, 21 November 2020

Zagreb Advent Run: Different Edition for Fifth Anniversary

November 21, 2020 – This year's edition of the favorite costume race Zagreb Advent Run is conceived as a three-day event in a completely new format adapted to the epidemiological situation.

The fifth anniversary of the Zagreb Advent Run race will take place over three days, from December 18 to 20, and costumed participants will be able to run the leg of their choice, in smaller numbers with friends, family members, and pets.

To avoid gathering more people in one place, the official start of the race will not be held in the same way as in previous years. Participants of the Zagreb Advent Run will independently choose the length and route of the race, and the final goal will be traditionally in front of the hotel Westin Zagreb. Upon entering the finish line, participants will receive official T-shirts and well-deserved medals.

"The global coronavirus pandemic has changed the daily lives of citizens and the way almost every social sector functions, and racing is no exception. Despite the great desire for the Zagreb Advent Run 2020 to be held as in previous years in a more numerous and cheerful edition, the health of our participants is certainly in the first place. Therefore, we decided to continue the tradition of this race, but in a form adapted to the current epidemiological situation, keeping in mind the maximum safety of all race participants," announced Mario Petrović, CEO of Millennium Promotion and one of the race organizers.

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The organizers of the race, Millenium promocija and Run Croatia invite citizens to run this year's Zagreb Advent Run in selected costumes and ask participants to gather in small groups, keeping in mind the protection of their families and friends.

"Zagreb Advent Run has turned into one of the most massive Advent races in Europe. This year, the coronavirus pandemic changed all the plans we had to mark the fifth anniversary of the race. However, aware of the immense desire of citizens to bring the famous Advent joy and atmosphere in 2020, we decided to organize a modified version of the race," said Berislav Sokač, one of the organizers of the race and the originator of the Zagreb Advent Run.

Like every year, this year's Zagreb Advent Run has its humanitarian aspect. This time, all participants are invited to support the Ana Rukavina Foundation. The foundation was established in memory of the late journalist Ana Rukavina, who sent one great wish to the public – that of life. The Foundation bases its work on this very desire and, through the humanitarian action „Želim život“ ("I want life"), raises funds for the Foundation activities and the provision of assistance to hematological patients throughout Croatia.

During December, a humanitarian telephone line will be opened and all interested parties can call. All of the Zagreb Advent Run participants are invited to support this commendable action on the eve of the holidays.

"Through joint efforts and the nobility of our citizens, in this way we can provide the funds needed for further collection of samples for the Croatian Registry of Voluntary Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors and professional development of young doctors in hematology and other related specializations," said Marija Rukavina, the Foundation Manager.

All those interested can register on the Zagreb Advent Run website.

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