UNICEF Romania and the Chamber of Deputies held on Thursday evening at the Palace of Parliament, the UNICEF Gala, event marking the International Day of Children’s Rights, in order to raise funds to the benefit of vulnerable children.
The event is at its second edition and brought alongside the UNICEF ambassadors for Romania, several representatives of Romania’s Government and Parliament, of the diplomatic and business environments, as well as public figures and journalists.
The minister of Education Remus Pricopie stated on this occasion that the Ministry of Education has been working for many years with UNICEF. “We have many projects running, for instance today’s one is related to violence against children, which can happen within the family, but it can also be happening on the street, or the violence through public messages, and even through media messages. It is a topic over which we must bow with our whole attention, because many forms of violence are often not seen,” said Pricopie.
About the importance of the event talked also the representative of UNICEF Romania, Sandie Blanchet, who said that despite progress made in this field in Romania, there are still 64,000 children in institutions and over 11,000 cases of violence against children.
The UNICEF Gala which was presented by Andreea Marin included a violin recital performed by Maxim Vengerov, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, accompanied on piano by Roustem Saitkoulov and an auction of dolls presented by Smiley and Pavel Bartos.