Kick-off of the Hayastan Fund Telethon season in Toronto– On October 30, the Toronto affiliate of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund organized a concert at the “Hay kentron” complex with Toronto area young musicians, dancers and singers, with the slogan : "A CULTURAL BRIDGE, from Toronto to Shushi; from the second best city in the world to the BEST ".
The programme included opera, classical, folk and jazz. According to the Head of the Toronto chapter, Migirdich Migirdichian there were 21 musicians between the ages of 14 – 28 having graduated the Toronto local conservatories who performed beautifully. “As I was watching the show, I was saying to myself - imagine a concert at the Cultural centre opening ceremony in Shushi: one young performer from Artsakh followed by another from Toronto, and then another one from Artsakh followed by Toronto and so on, and at the very end they all perform together. This was a nice opportunity for young performers to be with Himnadram and to contribute to the vital projects in Armenia and Artsakh personally.”
There were some 400 people in the auditorium who raised $20.000 for the Shushi Cultural centre renovation project.
The Toronto Chapter of Hayastan Fund has been functioning very actively since its founding in 1992. To-date Toronto chapter has realized 40 large and small projects primarily in Artsakh and also some in Armenia. Amongst them are 5 brand new schools, 2 school renovations, bringing water to 11 villages and towns, including to Stepanakert and natural gas networks for 4 villages. The affiliate currently has 4 projects on the go : re-building the Education and Cultural Centre of Shushi, building the Community/Medical Centre of Drakhtik village, renovation of Sourp Krikor Loussavoritch Hospital's Nephrology (Kidney) department and the renovation of two floors of Nork Old Age Home in Yerevan.
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