Charity Concert, ‘My Mother’s Songs’ in Kyiv
Funds from the concert raised money for the Children’s Cardiac Center
One of them was UATV political correspondent Olha Mikhailyuk. She can usually be found pursuing MPs in the Ukrainian parliament, on the hunt for answers to the most pressing political issues.
But aside from journalism, Mikhailyuk performs two other roles in life – as a singer and mother. Mykhailiuk says singing is just a hobby, but being a mother brings with it great responsibility. She said she uses every opportunity to spend time with her 8-year-old son Danylo. The concert was no exception. They performed a duet on stage together.
“He wanted to do it. He inspired me with the song he performed in a choir. It’s a fairytale song called ‘It’s Quiet Over the River.’ It’s old. It’s like a folk song,” Mykhailiuk said.
“I came to sing this song to help children get well,” he son added.
This is the third year that the concert’s been held. Each year, it’s grown in popularity.
And that’s a good thing for the Children’s Cardiac Center. Every year, 3,000 operations are performed there. Newborns and young children are among its patients. The chief physician says that saving small hearts requires expensive equipment, and charity concerts like this are invaluable.
“I’m a doctor, so it’s very important for me to support Illia Yemets, he’s our guru of medicine, the guru of children’s cardiac surgery. My family and I are very grateful to him because he operated my nephew’s daughter,” said one of the concertgoers, Rozaliya Kobylianska.
“We hope that this concert will help us purchase a sternal saw. It’s an instrument which allows to safely open the chest during surgery. This device can be used to operate on thousands of children,” Volodymyr Zhovnir, chief physician at the children’s cardiac center said.
In honor of the charity concert, the Ukrainian Postal Service released a special stamp and envelope. During the event, the stamp was solemnly canceled with a postmark.