800 people participated in the fourth edition of Hope Concert

On Sunday, the 10th of April, the Romanian Athenaeum hosted the fourth edition of Hope Concert, a cultural and charitable event organized by Hope and Homes for Children Foundation. This edition was attended by over 800 guests who have chosen to show their support for the most vulnerable children in Romania. Guests of honor of the event were Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and his wife, Valerie, Princess Marina Sturdza, honorary president of the Hope and Homes for Children, Aura Răducu, Minister of European Funds, Violeta Alexandru, Minister for Public Consultation and Cici Dialogue, HMA Paul Brummel, the British Ambassador in Romania, HE Werner Hans Lauk, German Ambassador, HE Diego Brasioli, Italian Ambassador, Valeriu Nicolae, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection and Gabriela Coman, president of the National Authority for Child Protection and Adoption. They were joined by representatives of central and local authorities, numerous celebrities, representatives of the most important companies in Romania, supporters of the organization and journalists. The show was presented by Amalia Enache, PRO TV journalist and Hope and Homes for Children Romania ambassador, Dragos Bucurenci, spokesman for the organization and civic activist.

This was the first participation of Prime Minister Cioloș in an event organised by Hope and Homes for Children, and his message delivered on the stage of the Romanian Athaeneum stressed the importance of the efforts that the organization has made for 18 years to close down old type institution and replace them with a system based on the concept of family and to prevent child separation form the family.

"I am convinced that the issue of institutionalized children is a test that God gives us in order to find, besides the love that we have for loved ones, the love to take the children home. I hope to find the solution and help non-governmental organizations that have demonstrated in recent years that have the knowledge and acted effectively in the child protection field, because they have shown and care for these children. Congratulations, Hope and Homes for Children, congratulations to all those who initiated this action. I conclude with the hope that we will all find in us the love with which to be able to come up with solutions", said Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos.

The event was attended by some of the most important Romanian artists, who entertained the audience with their outstanding performances, presented in a unique orchestration. They line up included violinist Alexandru Tomescu, Hope and Homes for Children Romania Ambassador, with his Stradivarius violin, soprano Irina Iordăchescu, cellist Marin Cazacu, pianist Andrei Licareţ, actor Marius Manole and singers Dan Bittman, Paula Seling and Feli and the young and talented members of Ensemble Violoncellissimo. The playlist included music by Shostakovich', Kreisler, Saint - Saens, Puccini or Mozart, but also famous pop songs, "Beyond the Clouds", "Crayons" and "Dance with me". Composers Dan Dediu and Catalin Cretu, who rearranged songs in an original way, adapted for orchestra of cellos, contributed to the success of the program.

"In 2016 we celebrate adulthood. In 1998 we started the first project of closing down an institution. It was am orphanage with 90 babies in Cavnic, Maramures County. All those newborns arrived in families or family-based environments. Now they are young adults. After 18 years of project, we see the fruits of our labor. We still have work to do: 160 institutions to be closed, with nearly 8,000 children in them, in a country which must invest in the most vulnerable families, to keep them united, in a Romania where the right to family, health, education for all children is a must. Now, the Romanian organisation is Regional Center for Central and South of Hope and Homes for Children and we implement in many other countries what we did here. With this vision, with the conviction that we can offer technical support to our programmes in Moldova, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Greece and Turkey and support the development of reform programmes in countries in Africa and South America”, said Ștefann Dărăbuş regional director for Hope and Homes for Children in Central and Southern Europe.

The show was presented by Amalia Enache, PRO TV journalist and Hope and Homes for Children Romania Ambassador, alongside Dragoș Bucurenci, spokesman for the organization. Numerous ambassadors, businessmen and personalities attended the concert, thus showing their support for the most vulnerable children in Romania. Among the guests were the Malvina Cservenschi and Dorian Boguţă, Ada Condeescu, Andreea Raducan, Corina Ungureanu, Adina Buzatu, Corina Caragea and Simona Pope from PRO TV, Grigore Leșe and Vladimir Drăghia.

During the event, Hope and Homes for Children has offered to Kaufland Romania the "Social Investor of the Year" award for strategic investments initiated in 2014 and to PRO TV the "Media Partner of the Year" award. Princess Marina Sturdza, honorary president of Hope and Homes for Children, received a distinction for her entire activity in support of the Foundation, recognizing thus dedication and generosity with which she has consistently supported the cause of the most vulnerable children of Romania in the last two decades.

"The fate of these children in institutions should still concern us because, if we do not guide them in a positive direction for the future, we will become a an uncompetitive country in Europe and worldwide. We will succeed if we focus on dropout prevention, education and training for an independent life and responsibility for those who leave the child protection system at 18",said Princess Marina Sturdza. 

The event was organized with the support of the Philharmonic "George Enescu" and Quartz Media Production. The main supporter of the event: Kaufland Romania.

Strategic partners: BRD Groupe Société Générale and BNP Paribas Group ARVAL.

Main media partner: PRO TV.

Co-producers: Radio Romania Cultural, Radio Romania Music.

Event supported by: Adevărul, FIVE'S, Sansha, Gitana, Aqua Carpatica.

Media partners: Itsy Bitsy, Men's Health, Esquire, Kooperativa 2.0, Observatorul Cultural, Q Magazine, Parents, Caţavencii, Marie Claire, Nine O'Clock, News.ro, VIP, Metropolis newspaper, Actualitaea muzicală, Tonica, The Institute, Societatea muzicală, Acasa.ro, Decât o revistă, Dilema Veche, HotNews.ro, CSR Media, Profit.ro, dela0.ro, Suntmămică.ro, Senso TV, Qbebe, Onlinegallery.ro, LiterNet, Tanănana, Cariere, Șapte seri, igloo, Mihaela Ivan, Societatesicultura.ro, Ziare.com, 9vremparinti.ro, Social Responsibility Magazine, Smart Woman, The Art of Living.