- October 29, 2014
Klimaszewska: We must do something for Rasos
The action of cleaning Rasos, as well as collecting of memory lights which will be lighted on All Saint’s Day (both part of the campaign “Light for Rasos”) are nearing the end. This year there will be particularly many memory lights – about 8 thousands. 6 thousand of them was given by the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom. Radio and portal “Znad Wilii” has been backing up the action for a few years.
Social Committee for Care of Old Rasos asks everyone to come on All Saints’ Day and help the boy scouts light the memory lights.
The Polish Medical Association in Lithuania is inviting people today and tomorrow (29th and 30th October) to get metal tins for the collection for Rasos.
This year from the initiative of the chairman Dariusz Żybort for the first time collecting for the oldest necropolis will be organized on Vilnius Region graveyards. The association expects support from the local schools and organizations operating in individual towns.
“It is a much-needed action since so far our basic sponsors were our countrymen from Poland. (…) However, we think that it is also our duty and therefore collecting for Rasos on bigger Vilnius Region graveyards, which part of schools already joined in, will make us aware, that it is a duty of not only our countrymen, but we must also do something”, said for the radio station ” Znad Wilii ” Alicja Klimaszewska, chairman of the Social Committee for Care of Old Rasos.
In Niemenczyn, the collection is organized by the frontman of the team StaraNowa Paweł Żemojtin. “I gathered together boy scouts and a few people who wanted to take part in the action. Unfortunately, people are rather passive, few is willing to become a volunteer. I hope, that maybe the residents of Niemenczyn and surroundings going to the graves of their family will throw a few litas into the can”, said Żemojtin.
According to the musician it is a much-needed action. “Let us not forget, that the graves on Rasos, those are graves of all Poles living in Lithuania, and so it is necessary to help keep those major historical sites in good condition”, said Żemojtin.
The leader of StaraNowa announced that the last organizational meeting will be held this Thursday at the Ethnographical Museum of Vilnius Region at 6 p.m..
The cans can be picked up at the House of the Polish culture in room 105 tomorrow and the day after tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m..
Translated by Anna Wójcik within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.