Mali Losinj Enters 2020 Without Fireworks, Money Given to First Aid Instead

Lauren Simmonds

As Jurica Gaspar/Morski writes on the 2nd of January, 2020, this year, Mali Losinj joined destinations across the European Union that entered the new year of 2020 without firework displays. The amount of money previously used for fireworks in Mali Losinj will instead be diverted to purchase equipment for the Health Centre and the Emergency Medicine Institute.

”In this way, our wish is to provide pets who are afraid of these explosive devices a more peaceful evening,” said Mali Lošinj Mayor Ana Kucic.

”I honestly didn’t expect this much media interest in something that has already been and gone, but I will tell you that we made the decision by chance and it was all a bit unplanned. Namely, we’ve been tormented with logistics and similar details for the organisation of New Year’s Eve for several years now, and since we’re on a sustainable path in all fields, this year we decided to support the Society for the Protection of Animals, but also to protect children from the negative effects of pyrotechnics,” the Mali Losinj mayor explained.

”We wanted to contribute to the awareness that fireworks and firecrackers aren’t necessary in order to contribute to the joy and happiness of entering the new year. For the tenth year in a row, December in Mali Losinj was marked with a humanitarian note, ie, the raising of funds for those in need. We wanted to direct those funds towards the purchase of a medical device that will make life easier for our citizens and our visitors.

The fireworks would cost around 30,000 kuna, and blood test apparatus costs that same amount. The lab doesn’t work on the weekends, so this apparatus would be placed in the first aid clinic. We’re in the process of procuring it in the next ten days and Mali Losinj will add more money to it if necessary.

Other funds raised through humanitarian action in December exceed an impressive 60,000 kuna. This money was used to secure the purchase of didactic equipment for the nursery and the purchase of precision surgical instruments for the surgical clinic,” said the mayor of Mali Losinj, Ana Kucic.

This is a positive example and a praiseworthy decision, which we sincerely hope other cities across Croatia will follow in the coming years.

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