The world champions in aesthetic group gymnastics for 2021 received ribbons in the color of the global campaign of Astellas in support of organ donation
The world champions in aesthetic group gymnastics for 2021 received recognition for their advocacy in support of donation and transplants in Bulgaria. This year, the gymnasts of coach Kristina Tasheva – Mihaela Lilkina, Sibila Karpacheva, Miryana Cholakova, Dobromira Stavreva, Victoria Berova, Hristiana Kovacheva, Siyana Tabakova, Karina Neykova, became ambassadors of the information campaign in support of donation and transplantation. Together with the actress Lyubomira Basheva, they shot a video in which the theme was presented by performing a combination of ribbons in green, a symbol of the global campaign in support of donation. The script and direction are the work of Yana Titova, and the combination – of Kristina Tasheva. Through the beautiful performance with ribbons in the video, the girls popularize the message that each donor can save up to 8 lives.
The information campaign “Give life” is organized for the third consecutive year by “Astellas Bulgaria” in partnership with the Executive Agency “Medical Supervision”. The aim of the initiative is to raise public awareness regarding transplants and to draw attention to the benefits of donation and its implementation in Bulgaria.
As a gesture of gratitude, the gymnasts received as a gift the gymnastic ribbons specially ordered from Japan, with which they play in the video. They were presented by the General manager of Astellas for Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania Dr. Stamen Bankovski and Radostina Getova – Chief Expert in the Directorate “Management and Coordination of Transplantation and Assisted Reproduction” at the Executive Agency “Medical Supervision”. This happened after the final for girls and women long program of the XVIII State Championship in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics and minutes before the official awarding in the competition, which took place on November 6 and 7 in Sofia. Coach Kristina Tasheva received a special plaque for her team’s support for donation and transplants.
“Currently, Bulgaria is in last place in terms of donation in Europe, and in the waiting list for organs there are 1015 people according to data as of October 15. I sincerely believe that the message of the gold medalists of Kristina Tasheva will reverse this negative trend and our country will be among the leaders in saved lives after transplantation in Europe and the world, “said Dr. Stamen Bankovski and wished Olympic success to the girls.
As a sign of gratitude for the fruitful partnership, the President of the Bulgarian Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Marieta Dukova awarded special plaques to Astellas Bulgaria and the Medical Supervision Executive Agency.