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Published: Sunday, 06.05.2012

SOS Children's Village Croatia celebrates its 20th anniversary

Today SOS Children's Village Croatia celebrated its 20th anniversary in the SOS Children's Village Lekenik. We gathered all the children currently living in SOS Children's Villages in Lekenik, Ladimirevci and SOS Youth Facilities in Zagreb, Velika Gorica and Osijek in one place, and many of our children who have already left the SOS childcare system too, and proudly celebrated the 20 years of SOS Children's Village Croatia.

A plethora of creative workshops taught by proven experts in the field of music, drama, dance, art and sports, such as Goran Grgić, Mile Kekin and Zoki from Hladno pivo and Blanka Vlašić, attracted several hundred people to Lekenik, where they spent the Sunday celebrating with the children from SOS Children's Village Croatia and showing their support to our big fundraising campaign. You can help too, by calling 060 9003 (HRK 5 + VAT). The hotline number has been donated by T-Croatian Telecom for the campaign that will run until May 15, 2012.

Also visiting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SOS Children's Village Croatia was Helmut Kutin, president of SOS Kinderdorf International, who attended the opening of the first Village in Croatia back in 1993. On this occasion, he awarded the SOS mothers by giving them golden rings as symbols of appreciation for their many years of service. Mirjana Majhen, chief accountant of SOS Children's Village Croatia, Višnja Tuškan-Krupić, national director of SOS Children's Village Croatia and Mariza Katavić, president of SOS Children's Village Croatia also received awards for 20 years of service. We are honored that the Croatian First Lady, Ms. Josipović, also came to our anniversary celebration on May 6. Ms. Josipović readily took part in the creative workshops in the Village, demonstrating her skills and creativity.

“Association SOS Children's Village Croatia was established on February 25, 1992, by a group of people of good will who recognized the importance of the SOS Children's Village concept as an excellent form of care for children without parents or adequate parental care”, said Ms. Višnja Tuškan-Krupić, national director of SOS Children's Village Croatia.

In the rich and varied all-day program of creative workshops and other entertainment in honor of all SOS mothers, SOS children and SOS families, the guests had the chance to participate in various workshops (drama, rock music, violin lessons, art, dance, silk painting, mediation, archeology, fun school of football etc.) and later show what they learned in a joint performance. SOS Children's Village organize similar workshops for children in their care throughout the year.

"The story of 20 years of SOS Children's Village Croatia that we are celebrating this year is also a story of children, of growing up and of wanting to make this world a better place”, said Mariza Katavić, president of SOS Children's Village Croatia.

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