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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Charities Unite to Say 'Let's Do It for the Adults'

Not Only KidsChildren can bring their piggy banks to the Not Only Kids charity Sunday at the Winzavod arts center and smash them up to aid their less well-off elders.
Moscow charities are coming together this month in a unique collaborative effort that seeks to raise vital funds for those whose needs are too often ignored -- adults.

All Together! is the umbrella name for the charities, which include Children's Heart, Here and Now and Give Life, who are taking part in the Not Only Kids charity campaign.

A fund-raising family event will take place this Sunday at Winzavod as part of the campaign, and organizers are confident that the campaign will become an annual event.

The charities taking part normally work on helping children, but this time they want to draw attention to the plight of many Russian adults who are as helpless as children when faced with real illness.

"There is a stereotype that children have the moral right to receive help because they can't help themselves. And if an adult can't help himself, it means that he didn't work enough. I don't share this point of view," said Tatyana Tulchinskaya, director of the Here and Now charity, which raises money for orphans in Moscow and other regions. "People are ready to invest only in the future, they want to see the results of their help."

But there are many adults who cannot find the money to save themselves from life-threatening diseases, said organizers.

One of the campaign's recipients in need of help is Timur Avanesov, 29, who has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia.

Timur's family sold everything to move to Moscow, but the money is just not enough to pay for the treatment.

If Timur was a small, blue-eyed girl, not a young, black-eyed man from Uzbekistan, said Tulchinskaya, it would take just a few days to find the money. Instead, it has taken more than a year now, and Timur doesn't have that much time left.

The campaign's main highlight is the family event at Winzavod, which will have creative workshops, a charity auction of designer chic from the recent Moscow Fashion Week, a puppet show and a craft fair.

There will also be a symbolic breaking of children's piggy banks and the offering of their money to help adults who are in need.

"Everyone can find themselves in a situation where they need help. This is a possibility to involve all our children in charity programs, to show them that there are many people who need their help and they really can help," said Tulchinskaya.

The Not Only Kids charity event is on Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art, 1 4th Syromyatnichesky Pereulok, Bldg. 6. Metro Chkalovskaya, Kurskaya.