On 24 December, the leadership of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus and famous athletes took part in the national charity campaign “Our Children” and visited Chausy Regional Secondary School.
Famous athletes Aliaksandr Bahdanovich (canoe), Sergey Novikov (biathlon), Vadzim Straltsou (weightlifting) and Iryna Kurachkina (women's wrestling) together with President of the NOC of Belarus Viktor Lukashenko saw the New Year's Eve theatrical performance "The Tale of Lost Time" and took a tour around the school. The guests visited the biathlon track and the hockey ground.
Currently, the school enrolls 100 children from large, low-income and disadvantaged families, orphans and children left without parental care from 18 districts of Mogilev Oblast.
The guys told the guests about their successes in biathlon, hockey and other sports. As the students and the guests noted afterwards, the event turned out to be not only about the New Year but also about sport.
NOC President Viktor Lukashenko noted that he is doubly pleased to be in Chausy, which is located in his native Mogilev Region.
"New Year's time is the best time to fulfill wishes of children and adults. You just need to set goals and strive for them, like our famous athletes who came to visit you today did. They hail from ordinary families and worked hard to get their dreams come true. I wish you health in this fabulous winter time, and also to be happy and aspire for your dreams," Viktor Lukashenko said.
Famous athletes also extended their greetings. Chairman of the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation Aliaksandr Bahdanovich gave thumbs up to the guys’ hockey skills and gave them hockey gloves. "At school, you have a great skating rink where you can skate too, in between your studies and your training sessions."
"It was nice to see Aliaksandr Bahdanovich. I met him a little earlier. I am very glad that the guests came to visit us today. We tried to make it a bright holiday. We also thank all the guests for the gifts," said young biathlete Anastasia.
The Olympic silver medalist in biathlon Sergey Novikov thanked the children for the New Year's performance and wished them to follow an example of their famous compatriot Dzinara Alimbekava. "Great New Year's Eve performance! Follow an example of our famous fellow townspeople. Our Olympic champion Dzinara Alimbekava started her career, like me, in Chausy. She and I could not even imagine when we trained here that we would be able to achieve such heights in sport. Therefore, be daring, work hard. May all your wishes come true in the new year," said Sergey Novikov.
"Very active and positive guys! They go in for sport, do well in music and studies. We loved it today. We appreciate the emotions they gave us! It was a wonderful holiday. Let there be many more such days in the life of the children,” said Iryna Kurachkyna, silver medalist of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In turn, schoolchildren shared their emotions from meeting with the eminent athletes.'
"We have received a lot of greetings, warm words and gifts from the athletes. With such support, it will be easy to work and achieve results. Happy New Year to all!” Maksim said addressing the guests.
As a gift Chausy Regional Secondary School received an interactive monoblock for the computer class, sweet boxes and fruits.
The guys were also happy to take pictures with the famous athletes.
A large-scale New Year's charity event "Our Children" is running in Belarus from 14 December 2021 to 14 January 2022. New Year's Eve and Christmas performances are organized in all regions of the country. Partaking in the charity campaign are national and local government officials. They visit foster and adoptive families and family-type foster homes, children with disabilities, rehabilitation centers, children's health centers, and similar institutions. They come to wish children merry Christmas and Happy New Year, give them gifts, and help solve their current problems. Public associations and other organizations also take part in the charity campaign.
Press department of NOC Belarus
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