Benjamin Hermansen Fund – Oslo, Norway
Wednesday 12 August
The recipient of the Norway presentation was to the Benjamin Hermansen Fund in Oslo. It’s a childrens based charity founded to commemorate the memory of Benjamin Hermansen
Firstly the background
Benjamin Hermansen (May 29, 1985 – January 26, 2001) was a Norwegian-born Ghanaian boy whose father was born in Ghana, his mother was Norwegian. He was stabbed to death at Holmlia in Oslo, Norway, just before midnight on January 26, 2001 by Neo-Nazis
To commemorate his memory, a foundation was set up to raise funds for Children’s charities in Norway with a preferable anti race background which his mother to this day plays an active part in.
The presentation was organised by Neil McDonald who arranged for this to happen on the night before the Match at the Skeid ground in Oslo the half time period of the Norwegian Second division match between Skeid Oslo V Sarpsborg 08 on* *Tuesday 11th August which kicks off at 7pm.
Neil also contacted the British Embassy in Oslo plus contacts of FC Skeid to let them know about the presentation and with the assistance of John Lindsey from the Embassy and Rich Ross who was in contact with FC Skeid, our group was not only greeted with photographers and a good crowd at the game. The end result was that the presentation at Half time of the Skeid game and press giving the Tartan Army some very good publicity into the hearts of the Norwegian people.
In the whole a very successful presentation.
On 26th January 2011, “Eirran” posted the following on the Tartan Army Message Board.
In 2009 the Norwegian Donation from the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal was given to the Benjamin Hermansen Fund.
Today it is 10 years since Benjamin was brutally murdered by neonazists out on a killing spree. http://en.wikipedia….jamin_Hermansen
I can only quote Michael Jackson on his album “invinceable”:
“This album is dedicated to Benjamin ‘Benny’ Hermansen. May we continue to remember not to judge man by the color of his skin, but the content of his Character. Benjamin … we love you … may you rest in peace.”
And a deeply felt gratitude to the Tartan Army for their donation.