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Proceeds from Tony Hawks event to charity

Tuesday 12th March 2013

In Moldova 12 years ago the rehabilitation services for children with disabilities were provided mainly in hospitals or in special institutions. In order to receive rehabilitation care and to be educated, these children were sent to live away from their families, in institutions that had a strong likeness to medicinal administration. The communist ideology led public opinion to believe that disabled children cannot be successfully re-educated and socially integrated.

As a response to this problem came the idea to create a day care centre for children with chronic diseases. Tony Hawks, who had visited Moldova and published the bestseller 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis', was the catalyst behind the creation of the first facility in Moldova to help children and parents to receive recovery services within the community.
 
This is how Tony Hawks Centre (formerly the Hippocrates Centre) started 12 years ago - an NGO lead by a strong professional team under the leadership of Dr.Diana Covalciu, with financial support provided by Tony Hawks and the British philanthropy organisation Child Aid. The goal remains to improve the life quality of  disabled children from vulnerable families by increasing the access to community services.

Tony will be giving the proceeds of his event at the Festival to the Centre - find out more here.

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