Vladimir Krestovsky ”…share your joy with each other…”

On September 1st, the beginning of the new school year, “HOPE worldwide – Moscow” organized a meeting in which school children and orphans could spend some quality time with Vladimir Krestovsky, the singer/soloist of the famous Russian band UMA2RMAH.

Vladimir visited orphanage #15, and although he had some difficulties with his vocal chords, he congratulated first grade children and all attending students on the start of their school year.


Vladimir was met with a great joy and enthusiasm by the children, many of whom had never seen a famous Russian artist in person before. During the celebration of the children’s initiation into the first
grade, Vladimir grabbed his guitar, played out some melodies and arrived on the scene singing the well known song of Leopold the cat “…share your joy with each other making laughter louder, singing together is fun and everything else is boring…”


Vladimir knows that children love to celebrate since he has three daughters of his own, the youngest of which was born not long ago, and we congratulate him on such a wonderful occasion. He wished all the children good fortune in their studies and once more congratulated everyone on their entrance into the 1st grade. In return he received thunderous applause and a huge round of joyous shouts from the children. Vladimir then enjoyed a time of fellowship with the children, signing autographs and taking pictures with those present.


There was also an unplanned meeting with Sergey Rychenkov, a young new artist who recently played “Tyapa” in the Russian film “Svolochi”. Sergey and his friends showed Vladimir their rooms, also shared about their lives and plans for the future.

Similar meetings with school children and orphans have become traditional for Vladimir as each year he and his brother Sergey have taken part in the annual HOPE Sports Festival. It’s the biggest charity event in Russia, with over 5000 orphans participating in sports related activities.


“I want to do everything I can for who those who really need help and support. It’s not difficult for me, but for the children. I understand it’s important for them to receive sincere and personal attention”, said Vladimir during the event.
The new school year is before us. What can make it a happy experience for the children? Of course the answer is love: love for those around us, and love like in the song of Leopold the cat:


«…if you are kind, then everything is easy,
otherwise, things are tough…»