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Published: Tuesday, 08.10.2019

Birthday cheer in the SOS Children's Village Lekenik

We celebrated the 26th anniversary of SOS Children's Village Lekenik with a wonderful entertainment programme in our SOS Hermann Gmeiner Social Centre. Singer Damir Kedžo was a special surprise guest.

 The entire Village celebrated, and our SOS families and dear guests enjoyed the rich programme featuring a variety of musical and theatrical performances. At the beginning of the ceremony, director of SOS Children's Village Lekenik Mario Čović thanked all the friends and guests for coming and he also relayed the best wishes of Prof. Mariza Katavić, president of Association SOS Children's Village Croatia.

In his speech, Mario Čović talked about the work of SOS Children's Village Lekenik and he thanked all our partners and donors for their support. “Our Village has entered the 27th year of its existence while providing a range of social services, from organized living with caregivers in the Village, which has 15 SOS families, and in SOS Youth Facilities in Velika Gorica and Zagreb, to services of our mobile team and counselling centre. We hope that we will continue to expand our services in keeping with the needs of our community, such as half-day stay. In all of this we treasure the support we get from our donors, partners and friends of SOS Children's Village, without whose contributions none of this would be possible.”

Our esteemed guests, Lekenik Municipality representative Božidar Antolac and the president of the Sisak Moslavina County Assembly Ivanka Roksandić also extended congratulations for our anniversary.

The audience in the packed SOS Social Centre was wowed by the young musician Jana Pelikan, SOS Children's Village Lekenik drama club and Village band Music Dreamers. Our special guest Damir Kedžo gave a wonderful performance that really tugged at the heartstrings before morphing into an all-out singing and dancing party. Damir’s positive energy and enthusiasm delighted everyone in the audience, especially when he invited our Music Dreamers to join him on the stage.

Beautiful sunny weather was a welcome addition to the celebration of the most important day of the year for our small Village in Turopolje. After the official portion of the programme, we all moved outdoors to enjoy a plethora of sports and other activities and workshops for children. Of course, first we all sat down to eat together as one big family. Lidl donated the now traditional goulash, while Dr. Oetker treated us to a huge birthday cake, perfect for such a major anniversary. Our kids, now reenergized, spent the rest of the day playing in fresh air with their SOS siblings and friends. They will remember this wonderful celebration forever!

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