Paul McCartney To Give Concert In Ukraine To Benefit Children With Cancer

KIEV, Ukraine -- Paul McCartney is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to a charity concert tonight on Kiev's central Independence Square.

Sir Paul McCartney

The outdoor show, the first in Ukraine for the former Beatle, is being billed as the biggest concert ever in the former Soviet republic.

It will also be broadcast live on national television and on giant screen sets up in five other Ukrainian cities.

«I'm really looking forward to it. Every time I speak to someone who has been to Kiev before they keep telling me what a great place it is with lots of history,» McCartney said in an interview posted on a concert Web site.

The square where he will play was the site of the Orange Revolution in 2004, when peaceful mass protests overturned a fraudulent election and brought a pro-Western opposition leader to power.

McCartney, who turns 66 next week, said he will take a quick crash course in Ukrainian backstage before the concert to learn a few phrases.

Organizers said the money raised will be spent on diagnostic equipment for the children's department of Ukraine's National Cancer Institute.

Many children now seek treatment abroad because Ukraine lacks the necessary equipment.

The concert is free but the organizers are asking for donations from Ukrainian businessmen and others.

More than 500 people have contributed a total of about 3 million Ukrainian hryvna (US$600,000) and donations are continuing to come in, said Tatyana Overina, spokeswoman for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which organized the concert.

Pinchuk, a billionaire businessman and Ukraine's richest man, established the foundation in 2006 with the stated goal of contributing to the modernization of Ukraine and bringing forward a new generation of Ukrainian leaders.

Source: AP


Michelle said…
I hope that with $600,000 they will really be able to help the Children's Cancer Hospital in Kyiv. I used to go there to volunteer and know that the families suffer terribly from lack of equipment/medicine. This last year I saw a clip on the news where doctor's opened the doors of medical cabinets to show that they did not have medicine for the children. I hope this money is actually used to help this facility. It is long overdue for some financial aid that actually will be put to use for helping the children.
Taras said…
Ukraine's richest man is Rinat Akhmetov.

Viktor Pinchuk is Ukraine's second-richest man.