: ‘The Victors' come to Toronto to tell their life-affirming stories of heroism and courage (photos)

16:45 Mar. 20, 2016

‘The Victors' come to Toronto to tell their life-affirming stories of heroism and courage (photos)

‘The Victors’ come to Toronto (Photo source: Solomiya Vitvitska/Facebook)

International multimedia project aims to raise funds for prosthetics development in Ukraine

After travelling around Ukraine and putting on a special presentation at The European Parliament ‘The Victors' have arrived in Toronto.

The international multimedia project spearheaded by Ukraine's "1+1" TV channel and "Viva!" magazine, opened on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Toronto's ARTA Gallery.

The photo-exhibit features 18 Ukrainian veterans maimed by the war in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Morderer undertook the project to shine the spotlight on soldiers and show the world they're still as confident and strong as ever.


Photo courtesy: Mykola Swarnyk

"I'm incredibly proud to see this multimedia project open in Canada. Thanks to the help of the Canada-Ukraine International Assistance Fund, ‘The Victors' is now on display in Toronto. The energy at the opening night was absolutely incredible. It is my true hope more people around the globe will soon get to see Oleksandr Morderer's stunning photographs of our heroes," Julia Sotska, Ukraine Today's editor-in-chief said at the opening.

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The event was also attended by Liudmyla Davydovych, the Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto and Ukrainian-Canadian parliamentarian Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Ukrainian TV presenter and project curator Solomiya Vitvitska introduced other special guests:

Photo courtesy: Mykola Swarnyk

"The opening night of the multimedia project ‘The Victors' in Toronto was a tremendous success. It was a great pleasure to see Paralympic champion Andrew Haley in attendance. Andrew had no inhibitions when it came to showing off his prosthetic leg, and his presence and positive attitude were truly inspiring. Also among the attendees was KimLan Grout a writer and a blogger who writes about overcoming barriers and improving lives of people with disabilities, KimLan specifically came to the exhibit from the U.S.," Solomiya Vitvitska said.

The exhibit will be on display in Toronto until Tuesday March 22nd after which it will move to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

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