KIND HEARTS FOR CHILDREN’S HEARTS
DONORS’ GALA DINNER IN GENEVA
Belgrade, 1 March 2008 – A humanitarian gala dinner under the
patronage of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess
Katherine, and the Swiss Humanitarian Association “Hearts
For All”, founded by Prof Dr. Afksendiyos Kalangos, was held last night at
the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva.
The goal of this humanitarian gala dinner was to help the
children of Serbia who suffer from various heart illnesses and deficiencies,
particularly to raise funds to buy equipment for the University Children’s
Clinic in Tirsova Street. Thanks to the generous help and the kind hearts of the
donors, many children’s hearts will continue beating.
This event, apart from Their Royal Highnesses and Prof. Dr.
Kalangos, was also supported by the
Serbian Ministry of Health,
and the diplomatic representative HE Mr. Slobodan Vukcevic, Permanent
Representative of Serbia at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
The dinner was attended by eminent representatives of
business and social life from all around the world, as well as Prof. Dr. Ida
Jovanovic, Head of the Paediatric Clinic at the University Children’s Hospital
in Tirsova Street, Dr. Tomislav Stantic, State Secretary for Health in the
Government of Serbia and many other distinguished Serbs from the Diaspora.
As part of the event, a humanitarian auction was also held at
the Intercontinental Hotel, auctioning items donated by companies and
individuals, giving guests the opportunity to bid for a signed tennis racket by
Novak Djokovic, Serbia’s number one tennis player, a painting by the famous
Serbian painter Dragan Stojkov, jewels donated by Tomasevic jewellery and many
other items offered by various artists.
Dr. Kalangos is the Head of the cardiovascular Surgery
Department at the University Hospital in Geneva known worldwide for his
humanitarian work. On numerous occasions, he has operated free of charge on
Serbian children and other patients and saved their lives. The most touching
example was when he saved the life of five-year old Dejana Krajacic from Apatin,
Serbia. He had invested 100,000 dollars in renovating the University Children’s
Clinic in Tirsova Street in Belgrade, and was awarded last year the title
Belgrader of the Year.