The Easter Raffle is on!


The annual Easter Raffle, organized by Caritas Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, started on the first day of Lent.

The raffle will raise money for children with special needs that are clients of Caritas. Recreation is very important for them because most of them sit home, isolated from the rest of society without much chance to socialize with peers. Parents often leave them home alone when they are at work. To help address these issues the Amazing Hands Centre for Recreation for children and adolescents with Special Needs was created by the local Caritas branch.

Each raffle ticket costs 3 UAH. Tickets are distributed through schools, churches, establishments of higher education, and businesses.

Everyone who buys a raffle ticket is entered for a chance to win a prize. Prize winners will be drawn on Palm Sunday, 8 April at the Pros vita Cultural Centre.

If you’d like a chance at winning one of the interesting prizes (summer trip to Poland, mobile telephone, notebook computer) and want to help those in need, buy a raffle ticket.

“Funding for operating the Amazing Hands Centre, which has been successfully operating since 2008, have been exhausted for 2012. In order for the Centre not to close its doors, we are, as always, looking for new projects, grants and sponsors. Right now, every person, who cares about Caritas’ young clients, can help keep the Centre open,” said Fr. Ihor Kozankevych, Director of the local Caritas.

Currently, the Centre serves 20 children. At the Centre staff focuses on developing each child’s unique potential, encouraging creativity, socialization and recreation, and convincing them to be physically active.

Clients participate in many creative workshops: painting, appliqu?, necklace making, bead work, weaving, pasting, making artificial flowers, etc. A lot of attention is paid to physical development: they go on excursions, visit museums and various events.

By making a small donation, you help children and young people with special needs develop. These individuals need our love and support. If the Centre closes, the children, who enthusiastically attend activities there on a daily basis, won’t have any place to go or anything to do.

Over the years they have become a great big friendly family which continues to grow, strengthen and develop. Let’s give them a chance to live a full, active and interesting life! Don’t ignore the problems of others.

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