The Fund participates in several charity programs including:
During the three years of its existence the Fund carried out the following successful projects:
1. In spring 2009, together with Russia’s largest publishing house “EKSMO”, the Fund published a book of short stories by most prominent contemporary Russian writers called “Life Stories” («Êíèãà, ðàäè êîòîðîé…»). The idea of helping hospices in Russia joined two dozens of Russia’s top prose writers (Boris Akunin, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Vladimir Vojnovich, Andrey Gelasimov, Evgeniy Grishkovec, Alexander Kabakov, Eduard Limonov, Dina Rubina, Avdotija Smirnova, etc.). Over 40 000 copies have already been sold. The book has been a best seller for more than six months already and raised over 4 million rubles.
Here are some links about the book:
a)http://news.ntv.ru/155088 – a piece on NTV about the Book
b)http://www.expert.ru/printissues/expert/2009/16/book_pomosch_dlya_pomogayuschego/ – an article in the “Expert” magazine
c)http://www.novayagazeta.ru/data/2009/036/29.html – an article in “Novaya Gazeta” newspaper
2. An unique ballet-gala “Ballet stars – a gift to hospice” devoted to the 15th anniversary of The First Moscow hospice took place on the 14th of October, 2009. World-famous balley-dancers (Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Malakhov, Faruh Ruzimatov, Maria Aleksandrova, Ilze Liepa, Andrey Batalov, etc.) performed on one stage for two hours and raised over 330 000 rubles.
We suggest that following links to some mass-media covering above mentioned event could be interesting:
a) http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/178025/ - a piece on NTV
- a piece on TVcenter
- an interview of one of the Fund’s Trustees, famous Russian actress – Tatiana Drubich
3. A charitable auction of contemporary art held together with Moscow Art center NCCA and SOVCOm Auction House. It was one of the most noticeable events in both art and charity sphears. World known Russian artists donated their works to this auction (Yurij Avvakumov, Yurij Albert, Dmitrij Vrubel, Viktorija Timofeeva, Dmitrij Gutov, etc.).
This auction resulted in 150 000 euros of donations.
4. A new year party for the benefit of our young patients (“Sweet day for those who are in trouble”) took place in “Gostinuj dvor” in February, 2008. We raised about 500 000 rubles.
All the funds raised by these events were used to satisfy the most urgent needs of The First Moscow hospice and six regional hospices. On top of that, the Fund gilded the dome of the Hospice Chapel, renovated the foundation of the Chapel, changed the floor covering on the ground floor of the hospice, organized over 20 concerts for the patients. We should underline that all these were fulfilled in addition to the realization of our four main programs mentioned above.
One of the major principles of our job is transparency. Returns on any taking or spending are published on a regular basis on our official site – www.hospicefund.ru
However, it is all not as optimistic as it may sound. Due to the world financial crisis the budget funding of the First Moscow hospice has been cut by a quarter in the last year (from 85 000 000 to 64 000 000 rubles). Therefore, the Fund has been obliged to cover the difference and allocate money for diapers, disposable gloves, staff salary, while other urgent needs were laid aside.
The Hospice Charity Fund “Vera” needs your help and you may be certain that the First Moscow Hospice is a place where words and deeds go hand in hand and life is made meaningful up to the very last moment…