Red Cross in Rogaland had to say no to 200 children this year who wanted to attend the offer “Holiday for all”. This is four times as many as the 50 they had to reject last year.
The offer is for families who are struggling financially and has ran for 15 years, writes Stavanger Aftenblad. Altogether, there are 150 seats in the two camps that are being held. This year, the number of applicants is more than twice as high. Elsewhere in the country, the same resort offer is fully subscribed.
– We do not have more beds, and we cannot display the “Holiday for all” elsewhere in the country, because it is full everywhere, says Sissel Rishaug from Red Cross Rogaland. She tells about the high demand both before and after the deadline this year.
– We have received many calls after the deadline. Child poverty is increasing, and we see that there are greater differences also in Oslo, she says.
Nationally, the organization has had to say no to almost 1,300 people, while 2,500 have been placed on 40 events across the country. Almost every place that organizes “Holidays for All” has now waiting list.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today