January 14, 2016

Christmas SZS action in Canada


Report: Vesti
Canadian branch of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs started its second Christmas campaign under the name “In time for Bozic 2016”. In the first week of the action, they collected 5,000 dollars for four multiple children families who need help, and the donors were from entire Ontario, and even from Helsinki. The action runs until Christmas, and the organizers are hoping that this year’s sum will surpass the sum of 11,000 dollars they collected last year in the similar campaign. On this occasion the money will go to families Ljiljak (refugees from Croatia) with seven children for upgrading the house, Stojkovic from Izvor near Novo Brdo from Kosovo and Metohija for providing the construction material, Davidovic with four children from the Marin village near Prijedor for buying the tractor and Baljak with six children from Obrovac for providing the construction material.

 The news published in the printed edition of Vesti 22/12/2015

Although it was officially registered in November 2015, the Canadian branch of the organization Serbs for Serbs which was commenced by friends Angelina Racic, Mira Brkic, Dragana Kubra, Olga Lukic and Lidija Borojevic has already organized two “pancake parties” and its first campaign “In time for Bozic” in 2015, and collected approximately 21,000 dollars which was sent to Belgrade to the central organization for the help to the socially disadvantaged families. - The five of us, and our families and friends who have been supporting us from the first day, had the need to do something for our children who live in difficult conditions and whose families due to their poverty cannot provide them even a decent accommodation, let alone something else. We decided to act through the organization Serbs for Serbs because we liked their transparency. Everybody knows when, where and how much was spent, where did the money go which is essential when you want people to trust you. Another reason why we chose this organization is due to the fact that they don’t give money to anyone, but after investigating the situation and talking to people, they make a joint decision with those people what they need the most and afterwards the organization provides them with that. The most important thing is that the representatives of the organization through the things they provide for the socially disadvantaged in Serbia, the Republic of Srpska and Krajina want to enable those families to create opportunity to survive on their own in the future. Therefore, it doesn’t represent the fulfillment of unrealistic desires, but helping in such a manner that those families can become more active members of the society tomorrow, to try to sustain themselves and to provide the life of dignity to their children as much as possible. Also, it was important to us that the organization is collaborating closely with the Serbian Orthodox Church, that it is close to the church, and we decided to become a part of it. I would also like to emphasize that a single organization cannot accomplish everything on its own. Therefore we support other sister organizations who are working in Canada such as the Lifeline branch, Stara Raska, Srpska bratska pomoc and individuals like Rada and Rade Micic who are helping selflessly as much as they know and can. Should each of us give 5 dollars per month, it would bring a different picture in our homeland – says Angelina Racic, president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs. Our interlocutor is emphasizing the role of the young ones in the work of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs, because the youth is the one to engage heavily on the pancake parties, they are present in the social media, sharing their experiences and calling their peers to join the actions. It is very important, because only on the example of what has been done will they learn it is important to follow an example rather than someone’s opinion or attitude. PAYING BACK THE DEBT TO SERBIA - Many of us from Bosnia and Herzegovina flew to Serbia when the war begun. Serbia has accepted me and gave me what was possible at the moment. I can never forget that and I personally have great need to give back to the homeland as much as I can and I think there are a lot of people who are thinking in the same manner. To help those who need it and especially multiple children families is our Christian duty and responsibility – says the president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs Angelina Racic, originating from Sarajevo. It is interesting that these five hard working, energetic and very motivated women who commenced the activities of organizing and registering the branch of the organization Serbs for Serbs in Canada, are from almost all Serbian regions of the former Yugoslavia by their origin. Olga Lukic and Mira Brkic (originating from Lika and Herzegovina) were born in Canada, Dragana Kubura is from Sarajevo, and Lidija Borojevic is from Slavonija, and all of them brought the feeling towards their Serbian origin from their family homes. HOW TO SEND HELP Dear readers, if you want to join the campaign of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs “In Time for Bozic 2016”, you can send a check on Serbs for Serbs Canada, 635 The Queensway, Lower Level, Toronto, ON, M8Y 1K6, or pay on the interace transfer. If you send money in such a way, the security question is “What is on JAN 7”, and the answer is Bozic or Bozic 1 if your bank insists on the password of six or more characters.  The news published in the printed edition of Vesti 12/01/2016 In its second Christmas campaign “In Time for Bozic 2016” the Canadian branch of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs collected 17,500 dollars. This money and several more donations which should arrive will be used to improve and brighten up the lives of families Ljiljak (refugees from Croatia) with seven children (for upgrading the house), Stojkovic from Izvor near Novo Brdo from Kosovo and Metohija for providing the construction material, Davidovic with four children from the Marin village near Prijedor for buying a tractor and Baljak with six children from Obrovac for providing the construction material. Although the action is formally finished, those who want can still donate for these four families and their children. During the spring the activities in providing everything each family needs will start, and by the fall 2016 the results of the action will be tangible, says the Canadian branch of this organization. - Finishing of an action, the fulfillment of the needs of some family, the help they receive in order to become capable for independent and productive life is in fact our biggest motivation to continue to work and help. Because we know that the help goes to the multiple children families (the motto of our organization is “Children are our future”) and that the lives of those children become improved and advanced, there is no bigger award and motive for all of us who participate in that: us, the organizers of the action and for those who give and help from their hearts – says Angelina Racic, president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs. The donors can donate always, it needs not be the specific action of the Canadian branch, but the current project of the organization Serbs for Serbs instead, points out our interlocutor. The next action of the Canadian branch will be the organization of the traditional spring pancake party in the Serbian centre in Mississauga scheduled for May 15, right after the service. The young ones are always particularly engaged in that action, which is precisely the aim: to transfer to the young ones the feeling they need to help their people, to those who are poor, miserable and powerless; to give the young ones the opportunity to feel the pleasure and happiness when they help someone else, when they make other people happy and brighten up their lives on their own work.

SERBOS FROM CALGARY In the second Christmas campaign “In Time for Bozic 2016” the set of donors was spread, so people from Australia, an Indian living in Canada and many others were donating. Members of the Kolo srpskih sestara “Kneginja Zorka” from Toronto donated 1,000 dollars for this action. The activists of the Canadian branch had the desire to have many donors like the families from Calgary, the 10 of them, organized and gathered by Dragan Vujic. They call themselves Serbos from Calgary and each of them pays on average 30 dollars each month on the account of the organization Serbs for Serbs. Since 2009 until now these families have donated 32,000 dollars in such a manner.

- We would like to witness such manner of continued help as much as possible; it is not too much of an expense for the people who live here, but on a yearly level it is a big donation and significant and substantial help – says Angelina Racic. HOW TO DONATE THE MONEY It is not too late to join the action of help to families Ljiljak, Stojkovic, Davidovic and Baljak. Dear readers, you can do that by sending a check on Serbs for Serbs Canada, 635 The Queensway, Lower Level, Toronto, ON, M8Y 1K6 or by paying on interac e transfer on donate2sfs@gmail.com.

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