The Serbian Crown Prince Couple has visited New York this week. For the ninth year in a row, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the Annual Benefit Luncheon in New York. This was done to raise funds for more medical equipment. The equipment will go to children’s hospitals in Serbia. The charity event took place at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The attendees enjoyed music and wine.
Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests at the luncheon and then Crown Princess Katherine thanked her husband and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation. Among the gusts was Consulate of the General Republic of Serbia as well as Kiki Kennedy, representatives from the church and from American and Serbian business.
Her Royal Highness said: “My humanitarian efforts for Serbia started 26 years ago by providing medical equipment for the University Children Hospital in Belgrade. Children, their health and their well-being are in the very core of all my humanitarian activities, as well as the activities of my foundation in Belgrade and all Lifeline humanitarian organizations whose patron I am. There is a very difficult situation with children’s hospitals in Serbia and they need to be equipped properly, much better than now, in order for our doctors and nurses to provide appropriate care for our sick children. After this event, when you meet your family members or friends, and they ask you what have you been doing today? You can proudly say that you have been saving children’s lives”.
At the lunch was also Harvey Karp, famous paediatrician and the author to talk about the importance of helping children in Serbia. Humanitarian auction items were donated such as handmade clothing and footwear, paintings and portraits, among other things.
Lifeline New York works directly with HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade to provide critically needed humanitarian aid to the people of Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin, with a focus on aiding physically and mentally handicapped children, orphans and working with medical institutions to improve health care throughout the country.
In 1993, Crown Princess Katherine founded the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation which currently has offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London and Athens. This organisation, together with the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation, works to collect money for medical equipment that has been delivered to numerous hospitals in Serbia. If you want to read more about the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation, you can do so here.