Let’s Help Nenad
Nenad Kostadinov is a 23-year old student at the South-Western University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad (SWU). He is also the reason why students, faculty and administration gathered for a fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the ABF student center. Kostadinov is in the middle of the last year of his studies in acting and was actively involved in working on his promising acting career until about three months ago when he experienced stomach pain.
He was hospitalized in the Military Medical Academy, where he was diagnosed with mucinous carcinoma of the colon, an aggressive cancer. Currently the young man who was born in Bosilegrad, on the border between Bulgaria and Serbia, is hospitalized in Turkey. In the meantime, his friends, colleagues and people who do not even know him gathered under the title “Let’s Help Nenad” with an attempt to get this young radiant artist back on the stage.
Kostadinov’s colleagues and acquaintances are already seriously involved in fundraising in different forms. An example is the karaoke initiative in a local bar from a couple of days ago. The money from the entrance fees will be fully dedicated to treatment and related costs. More than 30 events have already been organized in support of Kostadinov and his medical treatment abroad. The AUBG community joined 14 of Kostadinov’s classmates in organizing a varied mix of cultural and entertaining activities on Wednesday with a sole purpose of helping his treatment.
Nedyalko Delchev, an acting professor in both universities, opened the event by saying that according to a recent medical report, there is a 65 per cent chance for Neshko, how his friend circle calls him, to recover.
The program began with the performance of “Samodiva”, a Bulgarian folklore dance club, with enthusiasts dressed in national costumes. The event then proceeded to something more challenging: a charity game of “Tug of War” proposed by AUBG Olympics who also had a booth selling the club’s merchandise. All the funds were gathered for the cause. In the meantime, the attendees could satisfy their sweet tooth and contribute by purchasing freshly baked treats prepared by the Bon Appetit Cooking Club. Other culinary goods were also sold for two consecutive days by PTPI “Better Community Club”.
Next, the ABF sports hall hosted a folklore ensemble “Svetlina” who performed traditional songs from the region. A football game was scheduled immediately after, and while everybody was expecting it to be conventional, more than 20 players disguised as fictional characters appeared on the field. Once the game finished, the players gave the venue to the AUBG Dance Crew. The event finished with due attention to Nenad’s vocation: a play by professor Delchev’s acting class.
“I’m pretty sure the next theatrical season will start with a premiere of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, the play we were working on with Neshko,” Delchev said.
To support Nenad’s fight, you can donate funds to the following bank account:
First Investment Bank BIC / SWIFT: FINVBGSF Nenad Kostadinov BG57FINV91501015657582. Reason for the money transfer: DONATION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.
You can look at the pictures from the event in our gallery below.