Andrii Derkach
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Christmas in the capital

More than a hundred children from Hlukhiv, Yampil, Krolevets, Putyvl traveled to Kiev to attend a charity concert at the National Opera of Ukraine.
  • 10.01.2019
  • newspaper "Неделя"

Children from several districts of Sumy region visited the Metropolitan’s Christmas tree in Kyiv.

More than a hundred children from Hlukhiv, Yampil, Krolevets, Putyvl traveled to Kiev to attend a charity concert at the National Opera of Ukraine. Christmas Nativity Scene was held with the blessing of the Primate of the UOC Most Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufriy. This year, there were 1,300 kids from different regions of Ukraine.

A trip to the capital was a real Christmas present. Enough of this and dream! Children from low-income, large families, as well as gifted youth from the Sumy region joined the holiday for free with the support of People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andrii Derkach. Many of the children generally visited the capital for the first time.

– My sister Svitlana and I were lucky, because we had never been to Kiev, we had never seen the National Opera of Ukraine. It is very beautiful there! What is worth sitting on the balcony, watching the play of folk artists?! Sister liked the ballet, and I was fascinated by opera singing, – said 8th grader Viktor Gorin from the Shalyhyne School, whose father is a member of the Counter-terrorism.

At first, the guests were met by fabulous heroes who entertained the children, took pictures with them. Santa Claus and Snow Maiden welcomed the kids from all over Ukraine and generously distributed sweet drinks and tangerines to everyone. The mood rose, happy smiles shone. Separately, there were locations with master classes, where they made Christmas toys, painted, pasted applications, etc.

From the stage, Metropolitan Onufriy congratulated everyone on the bright holiday of Christmas, after which a fabulous performance about the adventures of Pinocchio began. Not without Ukrainian carols that sounded from the main stage.

– I study well, I constantly go to all the Olympiads. I am very pleased that I was invited on this trip. I don’t know if there would be such an opportunity to visit Kiev, especially at Christmas. It looks like a fairy tale, as it happening not with me. I liked the acting, the unusual plot of the play, – said 9th grader Anna Revenko from the village of Rudnevo, Putyvl district.

Children received many sweets, gifts from the Primate and People’s Deputy. Particularly parents are satisfied.

– My two children drove to Kiev. I am very glad, because I was lucky to bring them on purpose, frankly, I could not. All this is not small money, for three only the road at both ends will cost about 2 thousand, and also food, entertainment. Therefore, thanks to the organizers that they managed to arrange a holiday for the children, – said Tetyana Mykolayivna.

Recall, a similar children’s holiday is arranged for 16 years in a row. In his organization, several synodal departments of the UOC are involved, patrons of art, volunteers.