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Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and Lifeline United Kingdom Donate Medical Equipment Worth 6300 EUR to Institute for Mother and Child

16 November 2017

Belgrade, 15 November 2017 – Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially delivered an electrocardiography (ECG) machine and an infusion pump to the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia "Dr. Vukan Cupic" in Belgrade. This valuable equipment is worth 6,300 EUR and these funds were provided by Lifeline United Kingdom Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

“I am glad to be here with you again, on the occasion of a donation of this ECG machine and infusion pump for the children, which are much needed for your work. This donation is the result of humanitarian work organized by my Foundation Lifeline in the United Kingdom. My husband HRH Crown Prince Alexander and I will continue to help as much we can. I wish to thank all the people of good will abroad who have helped us in carrying out these projects. I hope that this machine will make your work much easier. Thank you all once again and I am looking forward to seeing you at Christmas for the children receptions at the White palace, like every year”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

Doc Dr Radoje Simic, director of the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia "Dr. Vukan Cupic" welcomed Princess Katherine and thanked her for her help to the Institute for years now. During this delivery, HRH Crown Princess Katherine was accompanied by Mrs. Daniela Celikovic, a great benefactor of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation recently has achieved one of the most successful periods since its founding, 25 years ago. In the last couple of months, the total amount of donated new medical equipment reached as much as $ 1,731,000. The largest part of these funds, $ 1.4 million, relates to valuable sterilization equipment for hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, which Crown Princess Katherine provided in cooperation with the Project C.U.R.E.

In July of this year, the Clinical Centre Nis received a new digital mammography machine with guided biopsy worth 300,000 dollars, which the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation provided in cooperation with the company Hologic. On that occasion, the Crown Princess also delivered a patient monitor worth $ 10,000 to the Children’s Surgery and Orthopaedics Clinic at the same Clinical Centre, a donation from Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization. In early August, Crown Princess Katherine delivered two patient monitors worth $ 21,000 to the children’s oncology department of the Neurosurgery Clinic at the Clinical Centre of Serbia.

2017 HRH Crown Princess Katherine - Annual Movie - A LIFE OF GIVING AND LOVE


2017 HRH Crown Princess Katherine - Annual Movie - A LIFE OF GIVING AND LOVE

16 November 2017

HRH Crown Princess Katherine at the opening of 54th Cancerology Week

14 November 2017

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially opened the 54th Cancerology Week “Modern Oncology” organized by the Serbian Medical Society Cancerology Section, in Crowne Plaza hotel today.

This national oncology congress is organized each year to raise awareness and discuss the issues of oncology treatments, present up-to-date treatment recommendations and best practices, as well as to point out to challenges doctors and patients are facing.

The conference is considered to be one of the most important oncology gathering in the country and has been gathering some of the most eminent experts in this medical field, from Serbia, region and abroad. This year, it was officially opened by prof. Radan Džodić, MD, PhD, President of the Cancerology Section, and academician prof. Radoje Čolović, President of the Serbian Medical Society.

Speaking at the opening, HRH Crown Princess Katherine congratulated the organisers for another successful conference emphasizing the importance of discussing cancer prevention as well as the latest developments in practice.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine also pointed out to the efforts of Her Royal Highness’s Foundation in providing much needed support for oncology patients and doctors throughout the years, both in donations and by organizing Oncologic Symposiums every second year:

“Just recently, we were able to provide a digital mamography machine of last generation worth $300.000 and patient monitors for children’s oncological Neurosurgery Clinic in Belgrade. I am proud to announce that we were able to deliver four new sterilizers for four hospitals in Serbia with the help of Foundation CURE from the United States worth $1.400.000. Both my husband and I are driven in our charity work by the fundamental need to help our fellow citizens and hope to make a difference, because every step matters in the long run”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

This year’s conference will focus on novelties in treatment of soft tissue sarcomas, parathyroid and adrenal gland cancer, thyroid carcinoma in children, as well as oncoplastic approach in surgery. In accordance with the principles of multidisciplinary approach andteamwork, along with 54th Cancerology Week, 31st Symposium of nurses and medical technicians fromoncological institutions in Serbia, as well as 11th Cancer patients’ forum will be held.


HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and Lifeline Chicago Refurbished Psychiatric Hospital Kovin

14 November 2017

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially opened the reconstructed Psychiatric hospital Kovin, after the three months works and donation of US $90,000 which were provided by Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine. The sponsor of this valuable project was The John and Mildred Medic Wuchenich Foundation, whose families are one of the biggest individual donors to Lifeline Chicago.

Besides other reparations, 4 bathrooms were refurbished and 38 windows and entrance doors were replaced with new ones, on the ground floor and the first floor of the hospital.

“The occasion for my today’s visit is a great donation, in the value of 90,000 dollars, thanks to which the hospitals’ bathrooms were reconstructed and new doors and windows were purchased. The donation has been provided through the Lifeline Chicago office, whose patron I am, and provided as a grant from the Foundation of family Wuchenich from the United States of America. This is the third time that the Wuchenich family is helping our hospitals, through their fund. I am happy because through this donation we will make your work a little easier, and the patients’ stay in hospital a lot more comfortable. My husband HRH Crown Prince Alexander and I will continue to help at the same pace. I would like to say that without our friends and people from the diaspora this donation would not be possible. That is why I most sincerely thank them for the aid they provided”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

All 6 family members of Wuchenich foundation visited Kovin on the June 2017 during the Lifeline Chicago mission trip to Serbia.

“The bathrooms reflected respect for the patients. Our foundation is privileged to contribute to the basic needs of our neighbours.  Lifeline Chicago’s commitment to people who are otherwise invisible to many, is the Gospel in work clothes”, said Mrs. Danielle Wuchenich after visiting Kovin.

Dr. Aleksandra Gavrilovic, the director of the Psychiatric hospital Kovin warmly thanked HRH Crown Princess Katherine, Lifeline Chicago and The John and Mildred Medic Wuchenich Foundation for their great help.


The Royal Humanitarian Mission to Canada For Helping Children in Serbia

30 October 2017

Canada, 29 October 2017 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, along with representatives of Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization, hosted humanitarian events throughout Canada in order to raise funds for helping children in Serbia.

The Royal humanitarian mission started with “Making Life Sweeter Tea Party” at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamilton where Their Royal Highnesses were accompanied with Mr. and Ms. Vasilije Petkovic, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto, and HRH Crown Princess Katherine’s sister Ms. Betty Roumeliotis. All the funds collected at this event will be used for helping Jusi Orphanage and Vasa Stajic Youth Shelter in Belgrade. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine addressed guests and complimented the church parish on their fundraising efforts to date and their continued support.

In the evening, the Royal Couple, His Excellency Mr. Mihajlo Papazoglu, Consul General Vasilije and Mrs Petkovic, Reverend Father Jovan Marjanac and HRH Crown Princess Katherine’s sister Ms. Betty Roumeliotis, together with Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine, hosted “See Me, Hear Me, Help Me – Be My Voice” Gala fundraising in benefit of purchasing a specialized operating table for infants and children with regards to ear nose and throat surgeries, at the Granite Club in Toronto.

“This charity event is very important since it is about the children with hearing problems. At the Clinical center of Serbia there is an equipment older than 30 years. My Foundation has very long and productive cooperation with Dr. Daniel Megler and The Holy Institute, as well as with Ms. Ardis Gardela from Detroit, and we are all working on the project for helping children with hearing problems. The last few months of my Foundation’s work have been magnificent, since the total value of medical equipment donations reached as much as $1,730,000. We succeed to get new sterilizers for the hospitals in Serbia for Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, as well as the digital mammography machine worth $300,000 for Clinical center Nis. We keep working on education of the doctors and connecting them with their colleagues from diaspora by organizing conferences every year. I want to thank everyone who help our children, our people, our Serbia”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

The musical entertainment was provided by the one of a kind Juno nominated and award winning Lemon Bucket Orkestra which delighted and lifted the spirits of all who attended.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine also attended Holy Hierarchical Liturgy served by His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Waterloo, Ontario.

Lifeline Canada works directly with the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade to provide critically needed aid to the people of Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin, with a focus on aiding physically and mentally handicapped children, orphans, the elderly and working with medical institutions to improve health care throughout the country.


The Royal Couple and Lifeline New York Host Le Cirque Annual Benefit Luncheon

30 October 2017

New York, United States of America, 25 October 2017 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied by HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Ms. Christina Oxenberg, daughter of HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, HRH Crown Princess Katherine's sister Ms. Betty Roumeliotis and her son Mr. Gregory Roumeliotis, along with Lifeline New York, hosted the 7th Annual Benefit Luncheon to raise funds for medical equipment for children's hospitals in Serbia at Le Cirque in New York.

The guest of honour was Dr. Douglas Jackson, CEO of the Project C.U.R.E, who is a very valuable partner in HRH Crown Princess Katherine's recent donation of medical sterilizers worth $1.4 million. Today, Dr. Jackson received a special recognition award from HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

HRH Crown Princess Katherine addressed guests at the luncheon, and thanked her husband and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation.

“The last few months of my Foundation’s work have been magnificent, since the total value of medical equipment donations reached as much as $1,730,000. Thanks to Dr. Jackson we succeed to get new sterilizers for the hospitals in Serbia for Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, value of $1,400.000. I also would like to emphasize the great donation of Hologic company of a state of the art digital mamography machine worth $300,000 for Clinical center Nis. There are many more schools and kindergarten reconstructions, vehicles for oncology people, hospitals beds for old people homes, monitors for children with cancer, sensory rooms for children with disabilities and much more. We are working on the education of our doctors and connecting them with colleagues from the diaspora by organizing conferences every year. Orphans and children with special needs and autism are one of our main concerns and they are the focus of our activities by organizing Christmas and Easter receptions, as well as charity bazaars. Thank you all for your help and efforts you make to help Serbia and our people“, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

The Annual Benefit Luncheon had many important attendees, including Ambassador Milan Milanovic, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations, Consul General of Serbia Mrs Mirjana Zivkovic, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth, Countess, Jean Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Kick Kennedy, Christopher Mason, artist Robert Cenedella and many more.

CG Guitar duo Srdjan Bulatovic and Darko Nikcevic performed a beautiful music programme, and for the refreshments there were Champagne Jeeper and Aleksander wine, as well as Milène Jardine Chocolatier's chocolate truffles.

Lifeline New York works directly with the 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.


Humanitarian Lunch in Aid of Children Hospitals at The White Palace

9 October 2017

Belgrade, 9 October 2017 – After the wedding of their son Prince Philip, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine organized a humanitarian lunch at the White Palace in aid of children hospitals in Serbia.

“My husband Crown Prince Alexander and I have been helping our health system and hospitals for 25 years, with a focus on children hospitals and help to children. Needs in hospitals in Serbia are great and all the help is welcome. I am very happy that International schools, banks and individuals, as well as representatives of Lifeline offices, have responded to our appeal. I would like to inform you that we will donate 4 hospital sterilizers worth 1.5 USD in total in the future. These machines will be donated to hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin i Kraljevo. In addition, we have donated a digital mammography machine worth 30,000 USD to Clinical Center in Nis. I hope that we will be able to help another children hospital after this event” said Crown Princess Katherine.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander, representatives of Lifeline offices Chicago, New York, Toronto, United Kingdom that work under auspices of HRH Crown Princess Katherine, as well as Mr Ed Wayne director of “Bridge of Life” Foundation also addressed the participants. Children choir of British International School, pianist Andjela Dinic and violinist Jovana Savic performed at the event.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine would like to thank all the schools, companies and individuals who contributed that children hospitals get new equipment and consequently improve care of their youngest patients.


HRH Princess Katherine at The Opening Of General Assembly Of The Association Of European Coeliac Societies

18 September 2017

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine was a guest speaker at the opening of 2017 General Assembly of the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) which took place in Crowne Plaza hotel.

The Serbian Coeliac Society was founded in year 2005, by a group of mothers with children suffering from coeliac disease and it has grown into a respectable organization that cooperates with a number of professional institutions in the field of health and food production. The society is from 2008, equal member of Association of European Coeliac Societies AOECS and this year in September is the main organizer of European Conference for Coeliac with delegates from 35 countries of European Union and region.

“I am very glad that your 31st General Assembly has a symposium dedicated to Serbian doctors who have patients with coeliac disease. My husband and are trying to help all who need help and especially the children. We are open for future cooperation, on various projects. I am glad our and Italian ministries of health are cooperating in fighting the coeliac disease. I’m very proud on work of my Foundation in recent period – our donations of medical equipment are worth 1,730,000 dollars. I hope everyone suffering from coeliac disease will have the adequate treatment and good quality of life”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine in her addressing.

The Serbian Coeliac Society gathers patients with coeliac and members of their families with the main purpose to facilitate their everyday problems and improve quality of life. Celiac disease is an autoimmune, systemic disease, for which there is no specific treatment or a cure, but is regulated by special diet - gluten-free diet, which is for life.The main purpose of Society is to inform public about coeliac disease, as well as improving quality of life of patients and their families. Society, together with partners from AOESC takes part in control and process of marking gluten-free food products internationally recognized symbol crossed out wheat. 

The main purpose of this year’s Assembly is to raise awareness and knowledge for patients, professionals and the public about what they need to know about celiac disease, how to maintain health and proper conduct gluten-free diet and so on.


HRH CROWN Princess Katherine Opens Sinergy 2017 Conference

7 September 2017

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine officially opened SINERGY 2017 (Serbian Conference on Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging) organized by the Clinical Centre of Serbia, with the participation of eminent experts from all over the world, “The East meets the West in Serbia”, at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade.

Crown Princess Katherine was accompanied by Mrs. Natasa Davidov, member of the board of Lifeline United Kingdom Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

The program of the Conference was designed in cooperation with the European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and the European Association for Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), with the participation of 40 distinguished lecturers from Europe, India, China and Japan, as well as more than 30 experts from our country.

“I am glad that this conference is organized in cooperation with several health institutions in Belgrade that work in the field of interventional cardiology and imaging. I am also very glad that you cooperate with top cardiology centers in the world and that you have a large number of foreign experts as your guests at this conference. My foundation works hard on bringing aid to health institutions and on education of physicians in Serbia. I would like to announce that at the end of September we expect the donation of four hospital sterilizers, in the total value of 1.5 million American Dollars. These sterilizers will be donated to hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin and Kraljevo, and they were provided thanks to the great assistance of the C.U.R.E. project foundation from United States of America. Recently we also have donated the mamography worth 300,000 US Dollars to the Clinical center Nis. My husband HRH Crown Prince Alexander and I will continue to support our health institutions as much as we can”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

The Conference’s aim is to promote the importance of education and international cooperation, and the complex cardiac procedures will be transmitted live from the Clinical Centre of Serbia for the congressional auditorium.


Crown Princess Katherine Foundation And Project C.U.R.E. Fundraising Event

10 August 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States, 9 August 2017 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine were hosted by Project C.U.R.E. at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for a fundraising event to raise awareness of global healthcare needs and supported the delivery of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to medical professionals, and patients under their care, in Serbia.

Thanks to cooperation with Project C.U.R.E, Crown Princess Katherine Foundation will provide sterilization medical equipment worth US $ 1,400,000 in the upcoming period, all over Serbia, to the hospitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin and Kraljevo.

"We are thrilled to host HRH Princess Katherine for this special evening. The funds raised will improve health and save lives in Serbia through the delivery of medical supplies and equipment. Together, we are changing the world!", said Dr. Douglas Jackson, president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Project C.U.R.E. has operated a distribution center in Chicago since 2014.

“We are honoured to work with Project C.U.R.E. in providing much needed medical supplies to the people of Serbia.  Currently, there are only 40 hospitals to serve nearly 9 million citizens.  These patients, families and children need our help to receive access to healthcare and hope”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine together with the Project C.U.R.E. representatives were also the guests at the luncheon hosted by Rotary Club of Chicago and the Rotary One Foundation, where they presented successful mutual cooperation and discussed the following steps in helping Serbia.

Project C.U.R.E. is an international relief organization, headquartered in Denver, Colorado with 20 distribution and collection centers across the United States of America, and is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies. Since 1987, they have delivered more than $550 million worth of in-kind donations and medical program services benefitting impoverished people living in 134 countries.