Icelandic charity concert to support Faroese search & rescue teams

A fundraising campaign has kicked off in Iceland to collect money for the Faroe Islands’ search & rescue organisation, which worked extremely hard to protect lives and property when the islands were recently ravaged by a hurricane-force storm.

The collection kicked off with a fundraising concert at Reykjavík’s Harpa conference and concert centre yesterday afternoon, called “We Support the Faroese!”.

The concert was organised by Faroese musician Jógvan Hansen and his Icelandic musician friend Friðrik Ómar — but people who missed the concert are still able to contribute by phone or by bank transfer.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the fund’s patron and yesterday’s concert featured Jógvan, Friðrik Ómar, Ragnheiður Gröndal, Helgi Björnsson, KK and Ellen Kristjánsdóttir, along with the Reykjavík Girls’ Choir.

The musical event was broadcast live on national television and radio in both Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Donations can be made from Icelandic bank accounts to 0101-26-102000 with kennitala 480208-0480.

Iceland and the Faroe Islands are closely linked, culturally; and the Faroe Islands were among the first to offer help to Iceland at several key moments; including by offering a loan when the Icelandic banks crashed and by collecting for the victims of the Westfjords avalanches in 1995. The Icelandic people and government were therefore enthusiastic to help when news broke of the massive storm just over two weeks ago.

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