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98-year-old veteran launched fundraising to help doctors with COVID-19

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98-year-old veteran launched fundraising to help doctors with COVID-19

The woman will be telling her stories about the war till May 9.

Zinaida Korneva, a 98-year-old WW2 veteran from St. Petersburg, has launched a fundraising campaign to help doctors who caught COVID-19, the Petersburgsky Dnevnik daily reports. The woman was inspired by Tom Moor, a British veteran who raised over 300 million pounds for the UK National Health Service by walking 100 laps in his garden using a walking frame. On April 30 Captain Tomas Moor went 100. 

Zinaida Korneva recorded a video addressing Tom Moor on YouTube saying: ‘Hello Tom. I know your story. We conquered fascism together, and now we are fighting coronavirus together. ‘On behalf of our Russian veterans, I want to announce a fundraising campaign to assist the Russian doctors who caught the infection.’

The woman promised to tell war stories of her life every day till the Victory Day on May 9. She launched the campaign on May 1 and as of May 4 had collected over 1.3 million rubles (17.9 thousand dollars). 300 thousand rubles (4.1 thousand dollars) was collected during the first day of the campaign and was handed over to the families of doctors and nurses who died of COVID-19/

The next day, another 600 thousand rubles (8.3 thousand dollars) was collected, this money will also be donated to the families of medics who became victims of coronavirus. 

The fundraising campaign continues, the target is to collect 3 million rubles (41.3 thousand dollars). Zinaida Korneva wants all families of medics who lost their lives fighting COVID-19 to get a share of this sum. For the time being, 85 doctors died of coronavirus in Russia.

Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel

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