1,000+ run to support Romanian Church-run children’s palliative care center

Sânnicoară, Cluj County, Romania, June 11, 2024

Photo: Basilica News Agency Photo: Basilica News Agency     

More than 1,000 people, including children and adults, joined in a relay fundraiser towards the construction of a Church-run children’s palliative care center in Cluj County, Romania, on Saturday, June 8.

The Hearts of Gold Run event in Cluj was organized by the local branch of the Association of Romanian Orthodox Christian Students, with the support of the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleacu, and Cluj, for the benefit of the St. Christopher Palliative Care Center to be opened in the city of Sânnicoară, reports the Basilica News Agency.

The center aims to offer comprehensive assistance (medical, spiritual, social, and psychological), free of charge, to children with progressive chronic diseases that make survival to adulthood unlikely.

His Grace Bishop Benedict of Bistrița conveyed the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Andrei of Cluj and addressed participants with a short spiritual word, thanking them for their help.

There were two races: 5K for adults, and 800 meters for children under 14.

There were also workshops on archery, face painting, and more. The event concluded with an awards ceremony and a short performance by two musical groups.

The foundation stone of the future center was blessed on October 13, 2022, and construction has been continuing steadily.

Donations towards the construction can be made to the St. Nectarios Association in Cluj:

  • RON: RO83BTRLRONCRT00C6603105

  • EUR: RO25BTRLEURCRT00C6603103

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