– I have been contacted by more people today than in the last twelve years combined. I’ve had a Facebook friend in Tore for a long time, but now it’s pouring in.
That’s what Jan-Egil Granfoss, aka “Bamsegut”, says to Dagbladet.
He sits in the Philippines and receives the money collections that are set up for him and his family in the wake of the NRK premiere “Nobody Loves Bamsegut”.
– It is very exciting, he continues.
It was in 2021 that Jan-Egil Granfoss made a cry for help from the other side of the earth to Tore Strømøy on Facebook:
“Save us, Tore! You are our last hope!”
The message was the starting point for the new documentary series which was launched on NRK on 15 November.
Granfoss is a disabled man in his 60s from Rogaland who is called “Bamsegut”. He, his Filipina wife and their son live in Cebu City, the Philippines’ second largest city.
Due to poor finances, the family is unable to return home to Norway.
According to NRK, Bamsegutt has for several years asked for help from every imaginable agency, from NAV to King Harald, but so far the Norwegian authorities have not helped them.
Then Strømøy decided to look into the matter.
Although the documentary is relatively recent, Granfoss’ life has already managed to touch Norwegians across land and shore. Several fundraisers have been set up in the wake of the premiere.
On Friday, one has raked in over NOK 3.4 million – and the money continues to roll in.
Another joint has brought in just over NOK 170,000. In total, over NOK 3.6 million has been collected for “Bamsegut” and his family.
Granfoss says he greatly appreciates that “so many kind people want to be friends with him”.
When it comes to the Spleis collections, the Norwegian is moved and grateful:
– We are very happy for the money. The most important thing for us now is to get out of this life and back to Norway where we hope to be able to live a normal life again, he continues.
“Teddy Bear” says that he and his family are fine, but that he is still very ill with a lot of pain.
– I have inflammation in a tooth that hurts a lot, it should have been operated on (…) Otherwise, a strong typhoon has been reported in the area, which we are afraid of. We hope for the best, he says in conclusion.
48-year-old Liv Anne Aanestad Vold from Vigrestad in Rogaland is behind the million-dollar deal for Jan-Egil and his family. She is also very pleased with the response to the fundraiser:
– This is absolutely fantastic. Now Bamsegut is going home, she says to Dagbladet.
Vold says that she watched the series as soon as it came out.
– It hit me right in the heart. I have no relation to Jan-Egil or the family, but I thought that I had to do something here, she continues.