In summer 2011 two Scandinavian friends Marianne Bruhn (DK) and Helena Almqvist (SE) put 1 EUR each on a bank account and founded Heategevusfond Minu Unistuste Päev SA.
Proud motherhood and a general need to do something more, to contribute to positive change in society, drove us to realize our own dream of starting an NGO together. We had detected a lack of support for the emotional needs of children in treatment at Estonian hospitals and we decided to do something about it.
We were very much inspired by the Swedish Foundation Stiftelsen MinStoraDag and it’s founder Claire Rosvall, who gave her permission and advice on how to start a similar foundation in Estonia. Today Claire Rosvall is a mentor for Minu Unistuste Päev and our foundations benefit from mutual exchange of knowledge and experience.
"During more than ten years MinStoraDag has
experienced the positive impact our activities have on ill children and their
families. (..) Now, I am very happy to see that my experience is also helping
ill children on the other side of the Baltic Sea. " Claire Rosvall (Founder of MinStoraDag)
In November 2011 we signed a partnership agreement with Tartu Ülikooli Kliinikum and in February 2012 with Tallinna Lastehaigla.
Since 01.01.2012 we are also included to the income tax exemption list, which means that the donations made to us can be excluded from taxable income.
In spring 2012 we organized our first dream event. A young teenage girl wrote the following in our guest book: "I want to say a big "thank you" to Minu Unistuste Päev. The volunteers were really friendly and made even the shiest of girls comfortable. Your event did not only nourish our bodies but also our souls". From there on we knew that we were on the right track.