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140,000 children will receive presents from Rinat Akhmetov


On the threshold of St. Nicholas Day and New Year holidays, Mariupol hosted a festive event for children from orphanage #2, where the kids got lots of positive emotions and gifts.  The event was organized by the Foundation as part of its annual initiative called "Rinat Akhmetov for Children!".

"This year "Rinat Akhmetov for Children!" initiative turns 16 years old. Today's holiday is a gift of Rinat Akhmetov to his young compatriots. Helping and supporting children will always be a priority for him. In 2016 New Year presents from Rinat Akhmetov will be received by 5,746 orphans from boarding schools and orphanages of Donetsk region. The gift packages for 134,254 more children will be given to children on behalf of the Founder by enterprises of SCM Group. Altogether the presents will be distributed to 140,000 of young recipients", - Oleksandr Vyshniakov, Director of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, shared.

Souvenirs, stuffed toys, backpacks and also individual sets of cosmetic and hygiene products – these gifts for different age groups have been prepared by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for 5,746 orphans from Donetsk region.

"Rinat Akhmetov for Children!" is an annual initiative. It all started in 2001, when Rinat Akhmetov and his friend, a composer Igor Krutoy, visited several schools and children institutions of Donetsk. Very soon this initiative gained a national scale. During many years, on December 19, Rinat Akhmetov and Igor Krutoy visited orphanages, boarding schools, sanatoriums and children's hospitals, helping the institutions financially and bringing children joy with New Year gifts.

"Over the last three years the format of the initiative has changed a bit, but the philosophy remains unchanged: give warmth and care for children. Especially now, when the war came to the lives of many of them", – Oleksandr Vyshniakov emphasized.