< Slovakian President, Zuzana Čaputová (wearing green) left, visited Camp Žilina, Meet Central Europe’s adopted local charity
The first physical Meet Central Europe (MCE) conference since 2019, dedicated itself to not only highlighting the experiences of the Ukrainian language industry impacted by Russia’s invasion of their country, it also set itself the practical task of supporting a local charity, Camp Žilina, whose mission has been to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war zone to rebuild their lives and settle in Slovakia.
Maria Malykhina, Production Manager at Technolex Studio, who has remained in Kyiv, told told the conference how she and her team have managed to keep up with the production processes, while continuing to contribute to the continuity of the business in testing times. To view an interview with Maria click HERE.
Meanwhile, MCE organising committee member Peter Zoricak, CEO Tetras Group in Slovakia interviewed and Michael Yepanov, CEO Yepanoff, Kyiv) about his experiences of taking his wife and young family out of Ukraine.
Fund-raising raffles, stickers and stamps
Throughout the three-day event, the organisers promoted a raffle where the star prize was a three day stay in Dharma Oasis, a luxury retreat in Bali and also staged an auction of a set of fringe magnets depicting significant moments in the war and subsequently turned into postage stamps by the Ukrainian government, as well as the sale of lapel stickers.
The efforts generated €3,330 for Camp Žilina, along with some surplus delegate bag ‘swag’ – socks and tote bags – from MCE sponsors DeLuxe Media.
Our featured photograph shows Peter Zoricak handing over the socks and tote bags to local volunteer Inna Onyshchenko.