13-th Annual Children’s Sport Festival of “HOPE” dedicated to the “Year of Child” and the 850th anniversary of the city of Moscow.
“A century will pass, and it will hardly matter how much wealth I possessed, what house I lived in, which car I owned…However, the world could really change if I was important in the life of one child.”
According to this motto the 13th Annual Children’s Sports Festival unifies the Government, public organizations, business representatives and volunteers in order to take care of Russian children who are in very difficult situations in life.
On May 15, Luzhniki turned into the biggest sport center in the country where about 5000 orphaned, disabled, and handicapped children from Moscow orphanages gathered together already for the 13th time.
No other holiday in Moscow gathers so many children together from the orphanages in one place. The children look forward to this incredible holiday all year long. Over 1000 volunteers helped carry out the Festival. Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow) and the Moscow Department of Education organized this great event with the support of the Moscow Government.
The Department of Education declared May 15 as an official day of a health for all participants of the festival.
On the eve of the event an unusual press-conference devoted to the festival took place at the Moscow City Council. Journalists heard from Krutov, deputy of Moscow City Council, who has promoted the development of charitable programs for a year already; Sergey Korobenko, the director of Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow); Igor Fedorov, PR director of Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow); Evald Gerbst, PR director of Danone; and they heard from children who participated in the festival and from volunteers who helped with the festival.
The festival created an atmosphere like that of a great holiday for the children, it created opportunities to make new friends, introduced the children to sports and a healthy life style, and unified children from different orphanages. Every year the festival helps children find new friends among other orphans and volunteers, and it widens the children’s field of interests which helps them to adjust better to society. The festival is not a one-time event, but the grand finale for our “Hope day” program which is held by Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow) and the Moscow Government every month throughout the whole school year in Moscow orphanages.
Shvetsova L.I., Head Deputy of Moscow, congratulated the children by sending greetings to all the participants and organizers of the festival. Popov A.I., PR vice-chairman of the Moscow Government, Portnova T.A., deputy of Moscow Town Council also gave their congratulations.
The first festival took place in 1996, and brought together about 3000 orphans. It was organized by Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow)and the Moscow Department of Education. Michael Jackson came to spend time with the children as our special guest during that inaugural Festival.
The festival grows each year and today it became the largest single event in Russia taking place simultaneously in the cities of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, and Novosibirsk.
The Danone Company has been the general partner of the festival for the last five years, and it has taken an active part in our social programs. The Danone Company is not indifferent to children’s lives, but is making efforts to really take care of their needs. This year’s festival included DANONE-PARK with games, attractions, and gifts for all the children.
Every year mentally and physically disabled and handicapped children take part in the festival as full competitors in the events.
In the festival each guest was able to visit the attraction park, take part in sport activities and play mini-golf. Sport teams took part in soccer, volleyball and chess competitions. For several hours a dance competition was held on the main stage, and a “drawing on the asphalt” competition and other fun sport activities took place all around Luzhniki stadium. HOPE volunteers including successful businessmen, students and mass media representatives organized various interesting competitions for the children. You don’t have to be a professional dancer or athlete to participate in the festival. Everyone is welcome!
At the end of the festival an award ceremony was held for the winning teams where children received gifts and cups from their favorite sport teams (CSKA soccer team). After the awards ceremony we ended the festival with a big concert including such popular Russian stars as A’Studio band, PRO 100 Maria, “IKS-Missia”, and after the show the children were able to talk to the artists.
The day flew by quickly and the children were very grateful to the volunteers for the great festival and friendship, which gives the children hope that there will always be people near them who are ready to help, which means hope for the future…
Opinions about the festival:
Vice-president of Governmental PR of Moscow
It was such a great thing that we had children who graduated long ago come today with their own families as volunteers to help with organization of the festival. This is very good example for the other children and provides great support for the children who are still in the orphanages.
Moscow City Council Deputy
The HOPE Children’s Sports Festival has taken place every year since 1996 and thousands of children consider it as one of the biggest events of the year. It’s obvious that the children love this holiday. The competitions are not at too high a level, which means that even handicapped children can participate and make new friends with the other children and volunteers. People who give their strength, time, and money to take care of orphans and the elderly feel that their hard work is seen and appreciated by officials in the government. The work that has been done by Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow) for the last 11 years is deserving of the highest respect and all-round support.
Nadezhda po vsemu miru (HOPE worldwide – Moscow) Charitable Fund
One of primary purposes of the Fund is to help children who have graduated from the orphanages to become a valuable part of our society. Children don’t just enjoy taking part in the Festival, but they became a part of our work in the future. Every year graduates help with the festival as volunteers and participate in other programs as well. The greatest reward is to see the children who have graduated from the orphanages start extending their helping hand to others.
Director of the orphanage № 24.
This is a wonderful children’s holiday. All the children really look forward to the festival. It represents the end of the school year and sports programs. As you can see, first of all it’s about fellowship. Children see their old friends and make new friends as well. It’s great that the children are able to have this opportunity.
Inna Petukhova, an orphan
We need this Festival because it gives HOPE to all of us children who live in the orphanages. Also, this festival makes us confident that there are people who care for us. That’s why it’s so important.
Sergey Kitkin, an orphan
Children need this festival because everyone can find new friends and it makes life interesting.
Alexandra Petukhova, an orphan:
It’s always a pleasure for me to be there and I know a lot of people. This is very good event and we always come back with a huge smile
We thank all friends and partners who helped to make this event happen:
PR of Moscow Government
Moscow Town Council
General Partner of the festival: Danone Company