Sumy Diocese of Ukrainian Church raises $40,000 for children with cancer

Sumy, Ukraine, May 6, 2019

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More than $40,000 (1.07 million Ukrainian hryvnia) was raised this year in the 9th annual “Bright Deeds for the Bright Day” charity event of the Sumy Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The proceeds benefit children with cancer and will be transferred to the Department of Oncology and Nematology of the Sumy Regional Children’s Hospital, reports the site of the Sumy Diocese.

The funds, $40,597 (1,074,878 hryvnia) to be used to purchase necessary medicines for the treatment of sick children, were collected throughout Great Lent. Donations are collected at churches, charity concerts, fairs, and by individuals and organizations.

The results were announced at a press conference in the assembly hall of the Sumy Diocesan administration on May 2.

The charity event has become a significant social phenomenon in the region over the past several years, with more and more people participating, according to press secretary Archpriest George Taraban.

The charity event gathered about $93,000 over its first six years. In 2017, $29,369 was gathered, and in 2018—$33,116.

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