LiU students pull together for Music Aid

From 13 to 19 December, Musikhjälpen, or Music Aid, will be under way in Norrköping – and LiU students are getting involved. Campus Skramlar (Campus Collects) is helping to promote all the events, and the students holding the collection boxes will get to hang out in the glass studio at Gamla torget – a square in central Norrköping.

Smiling young people in front of building with the sign The students behind the initiative "Campus skramlar". Beatrice Svensson

“We’re already busy with it. All the student clubs are super-motivated, and have been collecting money in different ways for a couple of weeks”, says Magdalena Pesonen, one of the project managers for Campus Skramlar.

In 2015, Music Aid was in Linköping. Last year, Norrköping was to be the centre of the collection campaign, but due to the pandemic, the event was held digitally. However this year the glass box has landed at Gamla torget in central Norrköping, and from 13 to 19 December the collection will be under way, under the heading “For a world without child labour”.

The Campus Skramlar initiative was already operational in 2020, when LiU students collected more than SEK 57,000. Now there's a new group of students holding the collection boxes, gathering all the various events.

“We’re doing this to try to leave a bigger mark. We, Campus Skramlar, are really just an umbrella organisation where all the clubs and students who are contributing are in charge of their respective activities.”

Why is it important to do this?

“If there’s one thing you should spend your time on, it’s helping other people. Even though we’re students with little financial strength, by joining forces we can make a difference, and it feels good to be able to do something like this together.”

Campus Skramlar has not set any targets for how much money they want to collect. One target was that clubs from every faculty at LiU would get involved – and this has already been achieved. The collection box has been making the rounds for a few weeks, and numerous events, dinners, film nights and flea markets have been held.

Next in line is a party at Kårallen, Campus Valla, on Friday 10 December, where all the revenue will go into the collection boxes.

Into the glass studio

On Tuesday 14 December there will also be a party in Norrköping, at the Trappan student union building. Prior to that there will be a torchlight procession, and the project leaders have been invited to be special guests glass box on the square.

“It feels a bit scary, but fun. Music Aid has been watching us, and the municipality will donate the torches, so it seems like we're getting support from lots of different actors which is really brilliant”, says Magdalena Pesonen.

Check out Campus Skramlar on various channels to see what’s going on.

About Music Aid

Musikhjälpen (Music Aid) is a Swedish version of the international radio and TV concept Serious Request. Three radio hosts are ‘locked’ in a glass studio, called the glass house, during the week before Christmas. They broadcast live to TV and radio from the studio, around the clock. The aim is to raise awareness about a little-known disaster, and the audience can request songs in return for donations. Most years, the glass studio has been located in a central square or public place.

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