Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia were recently in Toronto to host humanitarian events throughout Canada alongside representatives of Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization, of which the Crown Princess is the patron. The purpose was to help raise money to help Serbian children.
The visit to Canada began in Hamilton where the Crown Prince and Princess attended the “Making Life Sweeter Tea Party” at St Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church with the Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, Vasilije Petkovic and his wife, as well as Crown Princess Katherine’s sister, Betty Roumeliotis.
Both the Crown Prince and Princess spoke to the guests and commended the church parish on the work they do with fundraising. The funds collected at this event will go to Belgrade’s Jusi Orphanage and Vasa Stajic Youth Shelter.
That night, the royal couple co-hosted another fundraising event with the Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization and His Excellency Mihajlo Papazoglu, Consul General Vasilije and his wife, Reverend Father Jovan Marjanac and Betty Roumeliotis. The gala “See Me, Hear Me, Help Me – Be My Voice” was “in benefit of purchasing a specialised operating table for infants and children with regards to ear nose and throat surgeries, at the Granite Club in Toronto,” according to the Royal Palace.
Crown Princess Katherine spoke at the event saying, “This charity event is very important since it is about the children with hearing problems. At the Clinical centre of Serbia, there is an equipment older than 30 years. My Foundation has very long and productive cooperation with Dr Daniel Megler and The Holy Institute, as well as with Ms Ardis Gardela from Detroit, and we are all working on the project for helping children with hearing problems. The last few months of my Foundation’s work have been magnificent, since the total value of medical equipment donations reached as much as $1,730,000.
“We succeed to get new sterilizers for the hospitals in Serbia for Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, as well as the digital mammography machine worth $300,000 for Clinical Center Nis. We keep working on education of the doctors and connecting them with their colleagues from diaspora by organizing conferences every year. I want to thank everyone who help our children, our people, our Serbia.”
Additionally, Their Royal Highnesses attended a Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at St George Serbian Orthodox Church in Waterloo, Ontario.