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Ukranian music duo on 12th fundraising tour for Chernobyl children

By Staff Reporter

Musicians Oleksii Kolomoiets and Igor Sayenko will give a concert in Dornoch on Thursday.
Musicians Oleksii Kolomoiets and Igor Sayenko will give a concert in Dornoch on Thursday.

Two Ukranian musicians are set to make their twelfth annual visit to play in Sutherland in aid of children and young adults affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Oleksii Kolomoiets and Igor Sayenko, who together make up the Kiev Classic Accordion Duo, are scheduled to perform at St Finnbarr's Church, Dornoch, on Thursday, July 25.

The pair graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev in 2006 and Oleksii plays in the Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine while Igor is with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.

Their concern for the plight of the children of the Chernigiv region, which was most affected by the Chernobyl radiation fall-out, led them to undertake fundraising tours of the UK in the summer. Many of the children are now young adults.

The pair perform for free but accept donations on behalf of the HIPPOKRAT Society of Mothers of Disabled Children.

Oleksii said: "There are at least 1000 invalid children in Chernigiv out of a population of 320,000 and unfortunately they get no real support from the state. The mother of a disabled child usually needs to be with the child all the time, so she cannot earn money.

"That is why the Society of Mothers of Disabled Children, HIPPOKRAT, was founded. it provides families with food, medicine and money and also organises events and parties with presents for the children.

"It is run by ten women led by Valentina Frol who take no money for themselves for their work and all of them have disabled children."

The duo's concert is entitled Round the World in 80 Minutes and on Thursday they will be playing music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Greig, Saint-Saens, Borodin, Piazzolla and Anderson.

Admission to the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, is free, but those attending in the past have been very generous in giving money for the children of Chernigiv.

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