Diana Gurtskaya: Life is Beautiful When We Can Create
The singer took part in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum
Ms. Diana Gurtskaya took part in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. For many years, the singer has been involved in active community work helping blind and visually challenged children fulfil their creative potential and make their dreams come true.
Diana Gurtskaya - Russian singer, public figure and philanthropist, Russian Honorable Artist, Chairperson of the Commission for Support of Family, Maternity, and Childhood of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
Main project: ‘White Cane’ international children’s music festival
At the starting day of the Forum, participants of the event together with Diana Gurtskaya visited Saint-Petersburg boarding school for the blind children named after Konstantin Grot. The programme of the school is designed not only to provide children with quality general education but also to help them develop in creative activity. The children prepared a concert for the guests. They performed classical music and variety songs. Diana Gurtskaya also presented delivered a performance. As stressed by Ms. Gurtskaya, that was an honour for her.
The guests spoke much with the children. According to Diana Gurtkaya, such meetings are extremely important. She knows that from her own experience. Ms. Gurtskaya herself graduated from a school for bling children in Tbilisi located 500 km away from her home. At that time, any kind of support was extremely important to Diana and other students.
The singer recalls with much warmth that people from outside visited their school, told the children stories and took them on excursions. “We lived only for those days, they were our holidays. We will keep those impressions in our memory forever”, shares Diana Gurtskaya.
Such meetings inspired her to helping the needy in the future. Ms. Gurtskaya thanked the organisers of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum for the opportunity to carry out such an action in a school and expressed her hope that that would become a good tradition.
An open debate titled ‘Women and Charity Without Borders: International Cooperation’ took place during the main day of the Forum.
At the end of the meeting, Nikolay Polyansky, Director General of Protek Charity Fund, delivered a certificate for acquisition of medicine to Saint Petersburg boarding school for the blind children named after Konstantin Grot.
Diana Gurtskaya stressed the importance of comprehensive support of such institutions that allow blind and visually challenged children to develop creatively. 9 years ago, the singer herself became the initiator of establishment of the international music festival called ‘White Cane’. Within the project, blind and visually challenged children from different countries, regions, and cities have an opportunity to perform on stage with famous Russian singers. In addition, Ms. Gurtskaya said that the Centre of Social and Cultural Rehabilitation had been recently opened in Moscow. The Centre provides children with disabilities to engage in creative activities that they love.
“Life is beautiful because we can create. The main thing is to do something useful and kind for other people, make their dreams come true, and give them joy”, says Diana Gurtskaya.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov