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Hayastan Fund telethon raises $12M for Armenia development projects

Hayastan Fund telethon raises $12M for Armenia development projects

November 28
Donations and pledges at Hayastan All-Armenian Fund telethon that has just ended in Los-Angeles totaled $12,399,550. According to ARKA, the telethon was broadcast from 8 p.m. Thursday, November 27 to Friday 8 a.m. by four Armenian TV channels - Public TV, Armenia, Shant and Yerkir Media. The phoneathon held from November 19 to November 23 in the European countries ahead of the telethon collected € 1.37 million worth of contributions and promised donations. The phoneathon was held under “Talent, Charm and Generosity” slogan this year. Some 750 volunteers from Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, and Lyon reached 60,000 Armenian families in the participating countries to ask for their support. Fashion model and French Red Cross ambassador Adriana Karembeu and Armenian French singer Patrick Fiori called for donations to help implement development projects in the homeland. The funds will be used to expand and develop Tavush rural projects, to built community centers in Artsakh, to provide support to Syrian Armenians and to complete reconstruction of Vardenis-Martakert 116-kilometer road connecting Armenia with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Last year's telethon raised $22.661 million, of them 12.35mln from Russia. Hayastan All Armenian Fund was established in 1992 for implementation of national projects and development of infrastructures in Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. The trustees’ board headed by the Armenian president includes prominent representatives of Armenian communities worldwide. Over the 21 years of the fund’s existence, projects worth almost $236mln were implemented in Armenia and Karabakh.
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