Veľký Šariš in charity drive

Inhabitants of the town of Veľký Šariš, in Prešov Region, decided to put the Valentine’s Day weekend to good use: by trying get a record number of inhabitants to take part in a charity effort. The weekend, on February 12 and 13, included blood donations, and volunteer work at nearby Šariš Castle.

Volunteering at Šariš CastleVolunteering at Šariš Castle (Source: TASR)

Inhabitants of the town of Veľký Šariš, in Prešov Region, decided to put the Valentine’s Day weekend to good use: by trying get a record number of inhabitants to take part in a charity effort. The weekend, on February 12 and 13, included blood donations, and volunteer work at nearby Šariš Castle.

To collect blood a mobile unit of the National Transfusion Service visited the town, and the head of the Veľký Šariš Culture and Information Centre, Katarína Pirohová, publicised the opportunity to help. For those inhabitants who were not able to give blood, organisers prepared two alternatives.

One was participation in Valentine Voluntary Work at Šariš Castle. This is now a regular volunteer event, in which workers repair the castle and make it attractive for tourists. “I think that tidying up shrubs and collecting litter is a specific form of love for the people who come to see the castle. Moreover, the castle is an ideal place for a romantic walk for lovers on Valentine’s Day, Martin Sárossy of the Rákoci’s Path Civic Association and the castle’s voluntary warden, told the TASR newswire.

The third chance to get involved was by buying a honey cake bearing the town’s coat of arms. The cakes were baked by pensioners from the Pensioners’ Club and the Women’s Union of Veľký Šariš. The price could be decided by the buyer and all the proceeds went to poor families in the town. Altogether, the town made 300 cakes.

The event was organised with the support of the town’s mayor Mikuláš Drab, in cooperation with the district charity, Pensioners’ Club, Women’s Union, Rákoci’s Path Civic Association and the Šarišske Gavaľire ensemble.

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