MINSK, 29 December (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the country's charity campaign Our Children on 29 December, attending the New Year Eve's children's charity event in Minsk with presents for Father Frost and Snow Maiden, BelTA has learned.
Traditionally, ahead of the performance, the head of state comes on stage and addresses the young audience. Then Father Frost and Snow Maiden announce the festivities open. This time, the president, before stepping up to the microphone, gave presents to the fairy-tale characters.
“Let me explain: all of us on New Year's Eve, and most of you, ask Father Frost for something. Father Frost gets nothing in return. That is why I have decided it would be right to congratulate Father Frost and the Snow Maiden on New Year and bring them some presents,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
What is in the gift sets? “There are some New Year Eve's drinks in there. For adults. You know, right? And sweets,” the president explained.
The New Year charity campaign Our Children is running in Belarus from 15 December 2022 to 15 January 2023. During this time, top officials of the country, the heads of government agencies and organizations, companies and banks, the largest public associations visit orphanages, hospitals, large families and family-type homes. Regional New Year festivities make an integral part of the campaign. More than 20,000 children will take part in the campaign at the national level. In general, up to 1 million children will participant in the campaign across the country.
The New Year's party for children with the participation of the president and the Bison Constellation show became the main event of this year's charity campaign. More than 2,300 children from all regions of Belarus have been invited to the country's main New Year Tree event. These are orphans and children left without parental care, students of cadet schools, children from refugee families, children from Donbass, children of those killed in the line of duty, winners of international, national and regional Olympiads, competitions, festivals and contests.