Published on Jan 24, 2013 by SerbianTVOttawa
Filip Filipi, osnivač i predsednik “28. Jun”, je razgovarao sa dopisnikom STVO Markom Ðorđevicem u Vankuveru.
Filip Filipi, founder and president of “28. Jun”, spoke to STVO Correspondent Marko Djordjevic in Vancouver.
January 31, 2013
Canadian-Serb Filip Filipi was the subject of this interview with Serbian TV Otttawa. The founder of the 28jun Diaspora organisation talks about what inspired him to start. He reveals:
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the incident that took place in Kosovo in November of last year when KFOR troops fired at unarmed Serbian civilians.
About reaction from Serbs and non-Serbs, Filip reveals:
The Serbian people really needed an organisation like 28.jun to get us all together to contribute to our homeland. The response from our community has been very positive.
Likewise the response from the Canadian and American communities has been great. One of our main partners, Eagle’s Nest Foundation, is actually an American Church organisation. We’ve also had support from the Canadian embassy.
He admits that the rise to prominence was so rapid that some things had to be done backwards. The organisation is now catching up. Filip talks about his aspirations:
I can’t complain, we’ve had an overwhelming feedback which has been positive.
We hope to send three more containers before jun.28 in 2013 as part of Srpske Zemlje, Srpski Rod project.
Next year, jun.28 plans to promote the Serbian viewpoint within political circles in a tour in America and Canada including one in Chicago with an Israeli organisation.
Jun.28 plans to send a container to every single hospital where Serbs resides in the Balkans. That’s a hundred container-loads!
Filip also plans to get his masters degree and release a few songs…and a line of bow-ties with his fashion house.
Serbian athlete and philanthropist Vlade Divac
Famous Serbian athletes Vlade Divac, Milorad Cavic, Marko Jaric, Ana Ivanovic as well as famous American basketball player Shaquille O’Neal took part in a charity “Twitter” campaign to help the Serbs in Serbia, Serbian Republic, Montenegro, Kosovo and Metohija, said the Serbian diaspora organizations “28 June”.
The celebrities amongst others were mentioned in the “Srpske zemlje, srpski rod”, tweeted and re-tweeted in the promotion campaign, which lasted a week.
The campaign received a total of more than 5,000 tweets pushing the @28JunOrg Twitter account over 10,000 followers.
The “Serbian lands, Serbian people” campaign aims to send $5 million of humanitarian aid and outperform the previous project “Battle for Kosovo” which collected $500,000 with the help of a Gracanica monastery.
Similar campaigns were organized last summer in more than 80 cities around the world in an effort to raise awareness about the precarious state of the Serbs.
Article translated from Sportski Zurnal.
Well done tweeters!!!