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The tradition of awarding the medal «Hasten to Do Good» was started in 2005 by Vladimir Lukin. Not human rights activists are awarded, but ordinary people who have committed great deeds. Different people, different destinies, but all of them are united by the main thing — the ability to sympathize with misfortunes of others, the unwillingness to stay aside, the desire to help.
As good deeds do not have nationality, religion and age, so the High Commissioner’s medal does not have the usual boundaries. According to the Provision on the Medal, it can be awarded both to citizens of Russia and other states, as well as to public organizations. The criteria for awarding the High Commissioner’s medal are dedication, heroism and courage, manifested in a situation of a real threat to human rights and deeds committed by the will of the heart and sometimes beyond the bounds of possibility. This year 10 people became the laureates of the medal «Hasten to Do Good», united by unselfish and generous service to the great idea of doing good and charity.
Mother superior of the Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy Abbess Elizabeth became the winner of the medal. In their daily service, the sisters of the convent are guided by the law of mercy and good, assist those who are in difficult circumstances and need support: they help to rehabilitate children suffering from cerebral palsy; render multifunctional qualified assistance to terminally ill children and their parents; organize a
Lyubov Katz from the Vladimir Region was awarded with the medal «Hasten to Do Good». This is the rare case when a family drama connected with the disability of a child has become an impetus to find one’s calling and the whole life’s work. Having started with addressing the illness and rehabilitation of her son Misha, Lyubov Katz has become today the most famous defender of the rights of disabled children in the region and one of the most famous figures in the nonprofit sector.
Natalia Popova who heads the Krasnodar
Medal of the High Commissioner was received by director of the Yamal Children’s Charitable Fund «Yamine» Dmitry Frolov. The main objectives of the fund are to facilitate the organization of medical and diagnostic care for seriously ill children, disabled children and their families: assistance is provided for
«We work for the sake of children’s smiles» — this is the motto of the Charitable Public Organization «The Children of Pavlovsk», which formulated its mission in only two words: social integration. The organization was founded in 2014 by a team of professional volunteers. Currently, «The Children of Pavlovsk» organize targeted support for 15 adult alumni of the orphanage and their goal is the wards’ successful integration into society. The founders of the Charitable Organization «The Children of Pavlovsk» are trying to do everything to make the life of their «special» pupils more joyful and expand their world. Medal of the High Commissioner was presented to director of the organization Daria Kalach.
The laureate of the High Commissioner’s medal was Dmitry Balykin from Nizhny Novgorod, who proved that limited opportunities should not prevent a person from living a full life. Dmitry Balykin was born blind, but this fact did not stop him from graduating from a university with honors and becoming a highly qualified lawyer. When he was a
The award was presented to Honored Artist of the Republic of Crimea Ksenia
Driver Sergey Blokhin is known today all over the country as a hero who saved 38 children from Ekaterinburg on the highway near Rostov. On November 8, Sergey Blokhin drove a bus with children. Schoolchildren from Yekaterinburg with five escorts were touring the Golden Ring. Suddenly a
«House of diligence Noah» is created for people who have been left without a roof over their heads, but are determined to start over and change life for the better. In the social house of diligence people become full members of society: they work, they get paid, they restore documents and create families, but most importantly they lead a healthy lifestyle. Today, «Noah» has 13 branches in Moscow and the Moscow Region, where about 600 people live. The medal «Hasten to Do Good» was awarded to Olga Fomina, who deals with social issues in the organization: providing direct assistance in carrying out social adaptation of persons without a specific place of residence, lost socially useful connections, and providing legal support.
This year marks
The showy completion of the ceremony was the famous operetta «The Bat», created with the participation of the great Mstislav Rostropovich.