The announcement of the humanitarian initiative “Croatian Heart for Italy”, Vukovar, 29.06.2012
The Humanitarian initiative for earthquake damage relief for Italy and its highlight event, which is scheduled for July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the City Stadium in Vukovar were presented to the media at a press conference in Vukovar, following a similar conference in Zagreb.
The event was organized by the largest Croatian charity CRO UNUM, the City of Vukovar, Vukovar-Srijem County, and the Association of Children of Killed and Missing Defenders of the Homeland War, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy and the Croatian Football Federation. A particularly interesting exhibition football match will be played in the course of the event, fielding Igor Štimac, Zoran Mamić, Dario Šimić, Stjepan Tomas, Robert Špehar, Zlatko Dalić, Robert Kovač, Đani Stipaničev, Alen Nižetić, Mate Bulić, Giuliano Đanić, Goran Karan, Boris Živković, Veljko Mršić, Franjo Arapović, Stojko Vranković and others.
The funds raised by this charity project are to be forwarded by the Croatian Red Cross to the Italian Friends of Vukovar who were helping to ease sufferings of citizens of Vukovar during the Homeland War, but have recently suffered a tragedy themselves during the earthquake.
General Secretary of CRO UNUM dr. Tomislav Madžar, Deputy Mayor of the City of Vukovar Danijela Stanković, President of the Association of Children of Killed and Missing Defenders of the Homeland War Jelena Zera Gavrić and a Vukovar citizen Ms Vanja Sabo took part in the conference. During the war operations in Vukovar, Ms Sabo and Ms Gavrić were refugees who found shelter in Italy where they more than strongly felt the friendship and cordiality of Italian people, which they will cherish for the rest of their lives. When the earthquake recently struck Italy, they felt a strong urge to provide at least some kind of assistance to the people affected by the events and this is what sparked the initiative which would later be well received and brought forward by the CRO UNUM Charity, under the name “Croatian Heart for Italy”.
Deputy Mayor of Vukovar, Danijela Stanković, said that she was proud that the City of Vukovar, in spite of its still present great needs and shortages, had become a very significant partner in this project to aid others in their hour of need. Božo Galić, the prefect of the Vukovar-Srijem County, said that the County had immediately been willing to join the project because of its noble intentions and the message it spread. Dr. Tomislav Madžar of the CRO UNUM Charity Secretariat thanked all the partners involved in the organization of the project, attributing it as a unique and true proof of the great strength of heart and spirit of the citizens of the heroic City of Vukovar. Dr. Madžar also thanked companies Agrokor, Podravka, Privredna banka Zagreb, Poliklinika Svjetlost and Piramida, who had recognized the value of the initiative and supported it.
During the press conference, pop singer Đani Stipaničev performed the anthem of the CRO UNUM Charity titled "I love you, Croatia", composed by Neno Ninčević.
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