The Malta Independent 15 December 2017, Friday

The remarkable Finnish Toy Smuggler to visit Malta

Monday, 20 March 2017, 18:07 Last update: about 10 months ago

Rami Adham, better known as The Finnish Toy Smuggler, will be paying a visit to Malta later this month for a fundraising event being organised by Ambassadör Events in aid of a Kopin initiative to help migrant women and children in Malta.

Mr Adham, in many ways a living legend, will attend an exclusive fundraiser at Verdala Palace under the patronage of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who will also be hosting the event on 22 March.

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With a limited guest list of just 150 patrons, mainly from the iGaming industry, the gathering will be one of this year’s most anticipated charity events.

Since the event is being organised in aid of Kopin support services for refugee women and children in Malta, Ambassadör Events has extended an invitation as special guest on the night to none other than the extraordinary Rami Adham from Finland, better known as ‘The Finnish Toy Smuggler’.

Rami’s incredible story has gained him international recognition and the alias ‘The Finnish Toy Smuggler’, for helping children trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo – delivering not only vital aid but also hundreds of toys which, even if for a short while, helped distract the children from the terror and suffering they live through on a daily basis.

“Six years ago in Syria a war started and with it the worst humanitarian crisis the world has known since WWII – over 650,000 dead, 11 million refugees and 70 per cent of the country’s infrastructure destroyed. This crisis completely changed my life and since then I have devoted everything I do for the sake of helping my fellow countrymen,” he says.

When Turkey closed its borders with Syria for security reasons, Rami trekked through unofficial routes to reach the most vulnerable in conflict areas, travelling to Syria an astonishing 29 times since 2012. Through donations from all over the globe and through various collaborations, Rami has managed to not only deliver thousands of meals and toys to the most vulnerable in Aleppo and beyond but has also managed to help build three much-needed schools in the region.

Ambassadör Events recognised that, among its many initiatives and projects, Kopin is doing sterling work for local refugee women and children in a bid to fully integrate these within the local community. Providing language training, educational support and job training, as well as healthcare access, Kopin ensures that the proper support is made available to those who are often in vulnerable situations.

“Ambassadör Events are delighted to have the opportunity to support such an amazing organisation as Kopin which is dedicated to helping refugees towards a better, productive future. We are thrilled to have the support of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and are very excited to hear the story of Rami Adham,” said Pierre Lindh, Managing Director Ambassadör Events.

All Kopin’s work is non-profit, relying solely on voluntary effort and gathering financial support through donations from public, private and corporate sponsorship. To date, these support services have seen over 550 children and women benefit directly, whilst an estimated 1,600 refugees have been reached indirectly.

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