Andriy Maksymovych, a Ukrainian banker living and working in London, has been selected as an Olympic torchbearer to recognise his work and contribution in raising money for hospitals in Ukraine.
In 2006, after studying on a scholarship as an exchange student in the United States, Andriy initiated, organised and ran Race for Children, a charitable marathon aimed at raising money for maternity hospitals in Ukraine. This was the first project of such kind in Ukraine; the race took 41 days to complete, covered ca. 1500km, and raised USD 55,000. Money was used to purchase critically needed equipment for newborns, and it now helps saving lives of those children that were born prematurely. The donations came from individuals, local and international companies. To achieve their fundraising goal, the team of 50 volunteers has worked for 2.5 years (span pre- and post-race). Andriy now works in the UK in the field of international development. His participation as a torch bearer will be a true celebration of diversity and cross-cultural unity that the Olympics bring.
‘With the Olympic flame travelling across the UK, we are delighted that Andriy has been selected and recognised for his excellent work in fundraising for hospitals in Ukraine. Moments like these are inspirational and encourage others to take on great deeds,’ said Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.
8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide.