Thursday 07 July 2022

Eurovision stars take part in Ukraine fund raiser on Amsterdam’s Museumplein

Work starts on putting up the stage for the show. Photo: ANP/ Hollandse-Hoogte / Paul van Riel

A fund-raising telethon to raise money to buy crucial medical equipment for Ukraine will take place on the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

The organisers say they hope to raise €800,000 to buy eight C-arm X-ray machines –  equipment used to perform X-ray-controlled fragments removal and bone fixation surgical procedures.

The event will include performances by this year’s Eurovision Song Contest winners Kalush Orchestra, alongside previous winner Conchita Wurst and Dutch competitors Jeangu Macrooy and S10.

In addition, the person who makes the largest donation to the Embrace Ukraine — #StrivingTogether event will receive a flag of Ukraine signed by president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the organisers say.

Support

‘Ukraine desperately needs the support and consolidated efforts of the entire world,’ the organisers said in a statement. ‘During the telethon, we will continue to raise funds for the important needs on which the lives and health of millions of Ukrainians depend.’

Volodymyr Zavadiuk, head of entertainment at Ukraine’s 1+1 media which is organising the event, told the Telegraaf that holding a telethon in the Netherlands is important for the integration of Ukraine into Europe.

‘The support of the Netherlands is important to us,’ he said. ‘Tuesday is not just about music, but about sharing our culture, our people and our ideas.’

The event kicks off on the Museumplein at 8 pm and will also be broadcast via Ziggo TV and the YouTube channels of the 1+1 media group.

The first telethon Save Ukraine — #StopWar, took place simultaneously in Berlin and Kyiv on May 29.

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