Rus­sian woman, 97, launches coro­n­avirus char­ity, in­spired by UK’s ‘Cap­tain Tom’

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

St. Peters­berg: In­spired by 99-year-old Bri­ton Tom Moore’s multi-mil­lion pound char­ity walk, a Rus­sian fel­low World War II vet­eran has launched her own ef­fort to gather con­tri­bu­tions for the fam­i­lies of doc­tors and nurses who have died of COVID-19.

Zi­naida Korneva, 97, isn’t walk­ing laps in her gar­den as Moore did in the days up to his 100th birth­day last month. In­stead, she’s launched a web­site with videos telling of her tri­als as a Red Army sol­dier in the Stal­in­grad re­gion. In one of the videos she cred­its Mr Moore, who served in the Bri­tish army dur­ing WWII and rose to the rank of cap­tain, as her in­spi­ra­tion.

“Hello Tom. I learned about your story. You are a strong per­son and a real sol­dier,” she says, dis­play­ing a chest­ful of medals. “We de­feated fas­cism to­gether in 1945. And now, to­gether, we’re fight­ing against this virus.”

As of Tues­day, Korneva’s cam­paign had raised over US$26,000 (FD$58,574) in five days and she hopes to ac­cu­mu­late US$40,000 (FD$90,114).

Zi­naida Korneva, World War II vet­eran.

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