Ukrainian diocese raises thousands for children with cancer

Sumy, Ukraine, May 19, 2021

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The Sumy Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church held its 11th annual Bright Deeds for the Bright Day charity fundraiser throughout Great Lent this year, raising funds to help children suffering from cancer.

A press conference was held last Thursday, May 13, in the assembly hall of the Sumy Diocesan administration, during which it was announced that $43,985 (1,206,075 hryvnia) were raised throughout Great Lent, reports the diocesan press service.

Diocesan press secretary Archpriest George Taraban spoke about the peculiarities of the campaign in quarantine conditions. In particular, the traditional concert was held online, and the fair wasn’t held at all. Nevertheless, the fundraiser brought together a large number of caring people, the priest emphasized.

The majority of the funds were raised in the Sumy Diocese, though it was also joined by the Konotop Diocese and the Shostka Charitable Foundation, which will purchase medicine and other medical materials for the sick children.

During the press conference, Dr. Nikitenko from the local Children’s Clinical Hospital made specific proposals for purchasing medicine and special high-tech equipment with the gathered funds. The doctor also noted the important of joint prayer and the pastoral care provided by the hospital priest.

Bright Deeds for the Bright Day began in 2010, and gathered about $93,000 over its first six years. In 2017, $29,369 was gathered, in 2018—$33,116, and in 2019—$40,000.

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