Creating tremendous impressions, the youth Project “Hands Tenacious of Life” took place in the main sponsorship of the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programmes and through many other sponsors with the hospitality of LOSEV during 6-15th July, 2009. Young cancer survivors from 6 countries including Luxembourg, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Portugal got together in Turkey, in Cappadocia & Ankara.
With the mediation of LÖSEV’s equivalent organizations, European cancer survivors who had been preparing Ebru Cards for 8 days, presented them to leukemic children after writing down their messages of hope.
Voicing their thoughts via art practices symbolizing creativity and innovation, the youngsters inspired by Cappadocia’s magical nature rode a hot balloon called “All Colors of Hope” to give positive messages and to attract the world’s attention to the cancer.
Visiting Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nevşehir and Avanos Municipalities, the youngsters got fully informed about the Cappadocia Region and also came together with Turkish cancer survivor youngsters within joyous and enjoyable activities. Furthermore, they organized an art exhibition with the precious support of Hotel Karlık Evi and the participation of voluntary artists, in which they had a chance to share their work with masses.
Performing many other workshops especially in Ankara, the youngsters realized the differences and variety of the European culture as well as discovered its richness through the “European Art Map” they created in the end of the project.
Representatives from partnering organizations who ensured the participation of the youngsters in the Project activities gave the following messages in relation to the project’s main aims:
“Join us to convey the hope of millions of youngsters who struggle with cancer, and share with the whole world the hope hidden in art, stemming from these young cancer survivors’ passionate hands.”
Türkan Fırıncı (Turkey)
“Participating in internation mettings, sharing past experiences, lifestyles, wishes, desires and life itself is an unmeserable opportunity, a life experience that will last forever in the youngsters lives and, we belive, it also has a positive impact in their families and communities!”
Filipa Carvalho (Portugal)
All along the illnes, the family meets anxiety, distress, solitude and pain.
Offering a full experimented hand passing throught these moments, is our mission. Children count on familly, families count on us.
Pedro Venâncio (Luxembourg)
“One day with us and you forget one week in hospital”.
Bence Csajbok (Hungary)
“We have been introduced to a great piece of the world and we all realized the universal huge dimentions of cancer. We are now developing an international dialogue and our heros (survivors) discover their unknown abilities; gain international expirience; they are having their feelings and trying an approch full of hope, thanks to the art.
Raluka Tanase (Romania)
“We are here to prove that we are strong, that it was possible to overcome the cancer. People are powerful!”
Dagmara Chmura (Poland)