Åland Post recently had the great pleasure of handing over €2,500 from the sale of the 2021 Christmas seals to the Åland Group for Borrelia Research. “We are happy to support the important tick research through the Christmas seal grant”, says Eivor Granberg, business area manager of Åland Post Stamps.
The proceeds from the sale of Åland Post’s Christmas seals are donated to charity every year. The receiver of the 2021 Christmas seal grant is the Åland Group for Borrelia Research, that research tick-related diseases such as Lyme disease and TBE.
In place to receive Åland Post's diploma and flower bouquet were, from left Sten-Anders Carlsson, Marika Nordberg, and Susanne Olausson from the Åland Group for Borrelia Research.
“We are happy and grateful for the grant, which will be put to good use as we have several projects in progress. Right now, a study is underway in which we review all TBE cases over the past 15 years. Last year, we had a record number of TBE cases in Åland, which is why new TBE studies are needed”, Marika Nordberg tells us.
“After a break of almost two years due to the corona pandemic, we look forward to restarting the tick study AxBioTick as of May. All tick-bitten Ålanders are invited to donate ticks and skin samples to the study. We still have some way to go; we need at least 200 ticks and skin samples”, says Susanne Olausson, supervisor at the Bimelix laboratory.
"It has been an interesting journey, as a chemist, to have been involved in testing methods for finding good Lyme disease diagnostics over the years", says Sten-Anders Carlsson, who has been a group member since the beginning of the 1980s.
About Christmas seals
Christmas seals are self-adhesive stickers for decorating letters and packages. With the issue of Christmas seals since 1993, Åland Post has financially supported associations and development projects in Åland that benefit the Åland community. Profits from the annual sale are distributed as Christmas seal grants. All public associations and non-profit organizations in Åland can apply for grants from the Christmas seal fund.
This year’s Christmas seals issued on 20 October 2022 will support the street based youth workers “Fältarna på Åland”.
The 2021 Christmas seals were issued on 20 October 2021. Illustrator: Rebecca Elfast.