MINORS FROM THE VRBINA CHILDREN'S HOME GRATEFUL FOR DONATIONS
In 2020, Croatia was hit by two devastating earthquakes at the beginning and end of the year. The first earthquake in March in Zagreb and its surroundings measured 5.3 on the Richter scale, making it the strongest earthquake in Zagreb since 1880. At the end of December, Sisak, Petrinja, Glina and the surroundings of Zagreb were hit by an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, which destroyed almost half of the town of Petrinja, killing seven people and destroying more than 3000 houses. Various people, associations, companies and countries came to the aid of those who were left without anything. Caravans were brought in, among others by the STYRIA daily 24sata, also tents and heaters, in order to provide people with at least temporary habitable accommodation.
Children from the Vrbina children's home in Sisak, who were near the epicentre of the earthquake, were also affected: They lost their home, were divided among several children's homes and are already waiting for their home to be rebuilt. Helping them was a special concern for STYRIA, and employees from Austria and Croatia donated to the cause. In the end, Styria Media International (SMI) increased the amount to a round sum: to 25,000 kuna, the equivalent of about 3315 euros. "Every euro is something great," says Klaus Schweighofer, SMI Managing Director. He was particularly pleased with the initiative because it came directly from the employees. He sincerely thanks all the donors.