On 10 October, a charity evening with star Russian actors Chulpan Khamatova and Evgeny Mironov at ZIMA Russian Restaurant in Soho raised £12,390 in aid of children with cancer and serious blood diseases in Russia. It will help the charity to pay for life-saving medication for 6-year-old Yegor Iskovskikh from Orenburg region.

Evgeny Mironov and Chulpan Khamatova

Colleagues and friends, Chulpan and Evgeny dived into a conversation about theatre schools in Russia and the UK, most exciting projects they do together, anticipated theatre premieres, particularly a new show about Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa, and reflected on their work at the Theatre of Nations and its London tour which is happening now. Two shows, “Shukshin’s Stories” and “Ivanov” have been brought to London’s Barbican theatre.

The importance of non-profit and the support to charities in Russia was highlighted as Chulpan noted that

"Podari Zhizn is everyone who donates their time, attention, talent, money, or even blood. Every year, the charity helps thousands of children with severe illnesses, because people care. Indifference is worse than death. It's something that destroys life. So if we want to be alive, we have to care, we have to be compassionate, kind, and sensitive to others' needs."

Trustee Vadim Levin and Chulpan Khamatova

Among the guests of the event were director of the Theatre of Nations Maria Revyakina and Gift of Life Trustees Vadim Levin and Vladimir Nikitin. For many of the guests, it was not the first time to support Gift of Life.

Guests of the evening with Gift of Life Trustee Vladimir Nikitin and Patron Pavel Morozov

Gift of Life expresses its deepest gratitude to Chulpan, Evgeny and the Theatre of Nations for their support of the charitable cause.

The evening was sponsored by 30a Wimpole Street who kindly covered all the costs.

The charity also expresses its gratitude to ZIMA Russian RestaurantZima Magazine, Gennaro Dell’Aquila, Artisan du ChocolatBe Fit Cakes and BSI UK for their effort to make this evening absolutely splendid.

Photo credit: Tania Naiden

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