October 7, 2011

First Lady Of Ukraine Makes Time For Church and Philanthropy

October 7, 2011

The Ukrainian President's spouse, Lyudmila Yanukovych, is going to visit the church on her birthday, October 9.

"On this day there's a great church feast - the passing away of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. So I want to go to church in the morning to confess and to take communion. After the church, if we have time, we'll have a family meal," Yanukovich said in her interview with the Ukrainian edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

She said she had 17 godchildren, not taking orphans in the account.

When asked if she has a charitable organization, Yanukovych said she preferred to help people directly.

"My mail box is always full, almost all ask for help. I answer all the letters myself - I can spend the night writing responses. If there are telephone numbers, I call and speak with people," she said.

"We have to find time for help. Father Zosima from Nikolskoye, I respect him so much, said: 'Be in a hurry to do good deeds.' I'm in a hurry. I afraid to be late," Yanukovych said.