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TR Press UK - 29-10-2019
New collaboration with Barnhjärnfonden will support research about the child brain
During the years that Team Rynkeby – God Morgon has been operating in Sweden, the charity bike team has collected a total of SEK 157 million for Barncancerfonden (the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation). From the year 2020, yet another organization will be able to benefit from the funds collected, which come from the annual event Skolloppet (a school charity run for the benefit of severely ill children). In future project years, the money will go to Barnhjärnfonden for its vital research on children’s brains.
After major fundraising successes conducted over several years, Team Rynkeby – God Morgon Sverige has now chosen to look outwards and review how the money could help more children. After a lot of investigation, it was decided to initiate a completely new joint action with Hjärnfonden, so a subsidiary organisation was started, called Barnhjärnfonden.
There is too little known about the child brain
The funds that come from Skolloppet will therefore form the basis of the important work done by Barnhjärnfonden in its research about the brain.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of this joint action with Barnhjärnfonden, where we have the opportunity to be able to make an impact and contribute to an area of research that is still only in the starting pits. More and more children and adolescents are suffering psychologically, and today far too little is known about the child brain,” says Paul Chronqvist Svensson, Country Manager for Team Rynkeby – God Morgon Sverige who adds;
“Giving some priority to this subject in the classroom and getting school pupils involved in this matter, is a way for us to contribute on several levels – through the funds collected, and also through spreading knowledge to children and adolescents. We must work together to contribute to a reduction in the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and create a greater understanding that all brains are different,
Major increase in mental ill-health among children
Socialstyrelsen (Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare) recently reported that mental illness has increased significantly among children and young people between 10-17 years of age. Over a period of ten years, the share of reported cases has increased by over 100 per cent.
“A child’s brain is extremely vulnerable. We know too little today about children’s brains in order to provide the right help when something goes wrong. More research and more knowledge is needed, that is why this initiative is so incredibly important,” says Anna Hemlin, Secretary General of Hjärnfonden.
Thousands of children with brain-related diseases
Every year, thousands of Swedish children suffer from some form of brain disease or brain injury, sometimes so severe that their lives cannot be saved. Even more people struggle daily with the challenges posed by brain-related disabilities.
“It's absolutely fantastic that Barnhjärnfonden is getting this opportunity to collaborate with Team Rynkeby – God Morgon. Every year, thousands of Swedish children suffer from some form of brain disease or brain injury, sometimes so severe that their lives cannot be save. In addition, more and more young people are suffering from mental ill-health, from depression and eating disorders to thoughts of suicide. This is something we have to stop,” says Anna Hemlin.
A step in the right direction
In other European countries, where Team Rynkeby operates, the money has gone to several organizations and not just for the benefit of children with cancer. In Denmark, for example, all of the funds collected via Skolloppet have gone to Børnelungefonden.
"It's a step in the right direction, as we have seen a great need to help more severely ill children," says Paul Chronqvist Svensson. In recent years we have collected many millions of crowns for children with cancer. Today, 85 per cent of those affected survive, but a third of the children and adolescents who survive their cancer still live with mental ill-health. No child should have to feel bad, and no child should ever have to feel that the only way out is suicide.
Join the fight and support life-saving child brain research
Pupils participating in Skolloppet can choose to be part of a micro-sponsorship agreement with family, friends and local businesses, who are invited to donate a small amount per lap or kilometre an individual student runs in connection with Skolloppet. The money is paid to the Team Rynkeby fund, which then donates all funds collected to Barnhjärnfonden so that research can be carried out about the brain.
During the four years that the Team Rynkeby – God Morgon Skolloppet has been organized in Sweden, school pupils have gathered a total of almost SEK 20 million which has been given to organizations that help severely ill children.