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November

Published: Tuesday, 26.11.2013

The world of the most beautiful fairy tales and stories in SOS Children's Village Lekenik

This weekend, SOS Children's Village Lekenik again transformed into a stage, bringing to life characters from numerous fairy tales and stories. From noon Saturday to noon Sunday, we read stories for twenty-four hours straight, without stopping – not just those of us who were there in person, but also many guests from all parts of Croatia and other countries via video link. In its fifth year, the literary event called Millennium Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon attracted more than 500 readers.

On Saturday and Sunday, numerous readers of all ages from Croatia and rest of the world read the most beautiful tales in different languages for twenty-four hours straight, proving once again that power of story can break down all language barriers, bringing together children and adults from all around the globe. SOS mothers and SOS Children's Village co-workers read The Most Beautiful Fairy Tales for Children, published by SOS Children's Village Croatia. The book contains twelve fairy tales and illustrations by children from SOS Children's Villages and other parts of Croatia. This fairy tales collection is widely available, and by purchasing it you help 240 young people and children from Croatia who found their home in SOS Children's Villages.

“Fairy tales allow us to experience various adventures in a safe way – by engaging our capacity for fantasy. Moreover, fairy tales serve to free children’s imagination and they are essential to their development, because protagonists – many of them children themselves – have traits and abilities that help them prevail in the end. There will always be fairy tales. They are constantly changing and adapting to the times”, said Mario Čović, the director of SOS Children's Village Lekenik.

Almost 500 hundred readers took part in the Millennium Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon, children and adults both – readers from other continents joined in via video link, as did children from elementary schools and kindergartens friendly to SOS Children's Village Lekenik, and many writers, artists, public and cultural figures, athletes and politicians who read fairy tales in their native languages. Among others, the event in Lekenik was attended by the Lekenik mayor, Mr. Ivica Perović, representatives of the Lekenik Municipality and the Lekenik Tourist Board, representatives of the motorbike club Veterani Croatia, members of the Zvrk Theatre in Zagreb, members of the Zagreb Jewish Community and many others.

Friends of the Children's Village and fans of the written word who could not be in Lekenik in person sent in their audio and video recordings, so thanks to Internet, the Millennium Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon featured a number of guests from Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Albania and even distant China.
 

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