In 2015 RCMI organized its first fundraising event for RestartU (see below) at the Residence of the Ambassador of Denmark to Russia â H.E. Thomas Winkler, which allowed them to help 5 children with disabilities by purchasing them unique tailor-made equipment â specialized walkers and wheelchairs.
OnÂ June 22ndÂ 2016,Â a follow-up charity event was organized by RCMI for the project RestartU,Â managed together with Professor Natalya Belova and the Centre for Congenital Disorders,Â which is dedicated to children suffering from rare genetic diseases, in particular those with âcrystal bones.â
Under the patronage of its President Erik Koebe, with the excellent support of H.E. Dr. Emil Brix, Ambassador of Austria in the Russian Federation, and his wife Mrs. Elisabeth Brix the reception took place in the Residence of the Ambassador on a beautiful summer evening in Moscow.
Under the theme âBall of Perfumes,â dedicated to the spirit of the Austrian art de vivre offering wine degustation and exhibiting the perfect harmony between perfumes, music, dance and tastes, artists from the Bolshoi Theatre and musicians from the Kremlin Orchestra gave life to those tunes.
The milestone set in 2015 was doubled, enabling even more children to benefit from RCMIâs assistance and thereby changing their lives and their familyâs lifestyle â allowing them to move, to be educated, to be socially active and, most importantly, to realize their dreams.
For example, Jennet Bazarov â a wonderful young girl now leads an amazing lifestyle. She attends the School of Journalism, is a volunteer in charities, paints professionally, sings and teaches âlessons of kindnessâ in schools across the Moscow region.
RCMI would like to dedicate particular gratitude to H.E. Dr. Emil Brix and his wife Mrs. Elisabeth Brix for their extraordinary kindness in opening their doors for this charitable event and assistance in supporting the efforts.
Starting its activity from 2001, Rotary Club Moscow International united 40 members fromÂ more than 15 differentÂ countries. The scope and focus of its philanthropic projects are highly respected in business and diplomatic circles, involving cooperation with Ambassadors of European states and their spouses. Together with the Ambassador to Russia of such countries as Austria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, France, Switzerland, RCMI for 15 years has organized more than 45 fundraising events and collected more than $600,000 for 10 different charitable projects dedicated to helping children.
As of today, RCMI has 3 leading permanentÂ projects: The International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition,Â the Home for Deaf and Blind Children in Sergev Posad, and RestartU,Â managed together with Professor Natalya Belova and the Centre of Congenital Disorders. RestartU is dedicated to children suffering from rare genetic diseases, in particular the disease of âcrystal bones.â