Budapest (MTI) – Friends and admirers of former President Árpád Göncz have started collecting donations for a bust to be erected in Budapest in his honour, the Göncz Árpád Foundation said on Wednesday.
Göncz’s funeral was held one year ago and the initiative calls for donations from private individuals, companies and civil organisations that want his memory to be preserved, head of the foundation’s board András Gulyas said.
The bust is planned to be placed in a park in Budapest’s third district near where Göncz used to live and where a tree was planted in his memory earlier this year, he said. The projected costs total 4.5 million forints (EUR 14,500) and the plan is to erect the bust on the second anniversary of his death, he added.
Göncz was the first president of Hungary after the change of the political system, between 1990 and 2000. He died at age 93 last October.
The foundation requested that donations from abroad be sent to the following account: HU53-11705008-21371866-00000000.