Kyiv, 17 December 2012 – Over 2 billion children live in the world, and 8 million of them are little Ukrainians. For the last 15 years UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been working wih partners to improve lives of children and families in Ukraine. To celebrate its anniversary, UNICEF together with the Embassy of Spain in Kyiv and Forbes organized a charity event for the cause of children.

Leaders of Ukrainian business, governmental officials, diplomatic community, civil society activists and celebrities attended the event to confirm their commitment for children of Ukraine, including the most vulnerable.   

During the evening, the participants learnt the story of UNICEF friends - Alina and Petya. They are talented and bright. These children are from Odesa and used to live on the street and institutions. Thanking to on-time help and committed people, they managed to overcome difficult life circumstances.

“Every child has the power. But the society should create conditions for children to realize their power and talents to full potential. We need to unite and join our efforts to be able to help each single child in Ukraine,” – said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “UNICEF calls on Ukrainian businesses and each individual to invest in the future of the country by helping children. The wellbeing of tomorrow depends on investing in children today,” – she added.

Very often, football and sport help to rehabilitate vulnerable children bringing them back to the society. This is exactly the main storyline of the film “Backstreet Champions”, which was shown at the celebration. It is based on a real story showing how football can help to change for better life of people in difficult life circumstances and vulnerable children This film won a UNICEF Special Award and Best Film Prize of the Odessa International Film Festival.

All children, despite the situation of their lives, are talented. If they grew up in a loving and caring family environment, their talents are flourishing. And it is proved by 10 y.o Ukrainian singer Anastasia Petrik, who has just won Junior Eurovision 2012. She greeted UNICEF and the guests with her famous song “Nebo”. Also, everybody enjoyed jazz band of Natalia Lebedeva with the young violinists Ilya Bondarenko and Tetyana Zhmendak and the young finalists of TV show “Ukraine’s got talent” and Tetyana Piskaryova with her daughter. The world famous National Artist of Ukraine Volodymyr Gryshko performed to close the UNICEF celebration.

The Spanish Ambassador, José Rodríguez Moyano said "Having organised this charity auction for the 15th anniversary of UNICEF had been a real pleasure since it was a way to provide happiness to some children of Ukraine through UNICEF programs. The Spanish National Football Team offered its T-shirt specially for Ukrainian children before winning the Eurocup 2012 in Kiev and almost all the objects of the auction had a relation with Spain".

Also, a charity auction was successfully conducted with help of the Embassy of Spain to provide financial support to UNICEF projects in Ukraine. The raised USD 33 000 will be channelled to help orphans, children living on the streets and children deprived of parental care. In particular, vulnerable children will have an opportunity to participate in football and other sport activities as part of the rehabilitation programme. This project is implemented in the different regions of Ukraine by UNICEF in partnership with local NGOs.

“Today at this celebration, I would like to confirm our readiness to continue the support to UNICEF in Ukraine. By joining efforts we will help children and change their life for better,” – said Borys Lozhkin, Director of the United Media Holding Group

UNICEF thanks for the support our media partner TV channel “STB”, National Sport Complex “Olimpiyskiy”, Football Club “Dynamo Kyiv”, Studio 95 Kvartal and Cinema Project Group. Among the objects in the auction there were the Spanish National Football Team T-Shirt, a special edition of the Bible of Salvador Dali by Club Simeynogo Dozvillya, a Christmas Basket with the best Jamón and wines of Spain, a jewel of Carrera&carrera and the work of Ukrainian painters such as Yuriy Pshenychniy, M.V. Perevalska, Yanna Shevchenko and the 16 year old artist Anatoliy Gaystruck.


About UNICEF: UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF celebrates the 15th anniversary of their presence in Ukraine this year. Learn more at: Follow us on Facebook , Twitter and ВКонтакте.

About Spanish Embassy: The Embassy of Spain in Ukraine was inaugurated in 1991 and since then it has been actively working to intensify bilateral relations between Spain and Ukraine in all fields, paying special attention to economic and cultural relations. The cooperation between the two countries in the field of youth started during the Spanish Civil War with the arrival from Spain of the so-called "niños de la guerra" (children of war) and has continued after the disaster of Chernobil with the reception of Ukrainian children by Spanish families up until now. More info. Follow us in Facebook and Twitter.