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July 29, 2021

Cotroceni Palace hosts concert for healthcare staff involved in treating Colectiv club fire victims

The Madrigal National Chamber Choir performed on Monday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace a concert offered by Klaus Iohannis in honour of the healthcare staff who treated the victims of the Colectiv club fire.

As revealed by a statement of the Presidential Administration sent to AGERPRES, President Klaus Iohannis stated on the occasion that the incident in Colectiv club left a mark on the whole nation.

“We still bear in mind the gestures of human solidarity, dedication and generosity of those who came to help the victims, on the night of the tragedy, in the following days and until today. People who did not appear under the limelight, whom few of us know, with their skills and forces gave all they could to save lives and ease the suffering. I confess I was moved by these gestures,” Iohannis said.

The head of state noted that human solidarity stems from kindness, tolerance and respect for the lives of those around us, and that those working in the healthcare system and the emergency services have dedicated their lives and their careers to saving lives every day and are making efforts to provide support, care and peace of mind to their fellow beings.

“Starting from the example you provide, I am certain that unity and solidarity, mutual support and commitment can become a constant in our society. Starting from such principles, we have a chance to progress as a society,” the head of state told healthcare staff present at the Cotroceni Palace.

The President also stated he was impressed with the wave of solidarity coming from outside the borders.

“A dramatic moment worked as a true catalyst. Regardless of origin or nationality, people got together for a common goal, to help their fellows who were suffering. It is, if you will, the symbolic declaration of humanity, which shows that altruism and solidarity know no borders. I want to take the opportunity to thank representatives of friend states who provided help to those suffering,” Iohannis stated.

According to the head of state, “there are difficult moments and dramatic situations that test our strength of character, selflessness and humanity, which reveal a type of courage we did not know we had.”

“But, beyond such moments, it is within our power to always be solidary with the others. One does not need tragic events to be reminded to be humane. If we try every day to do our best, to gather around us, in our family, in our community, more generosity and compassion and to leave something behind, we will have a society that we like living in,” the President underscored on the occasion.

The guests included 500 healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and healthcare workers – who became actively involved in providing medical assistance to the victims of the Colectiv club fire, the Presidential Administration points out.

The event was also attended by representatives of embassies of the states that soon after the tragedy expressed their willingness to provide material and qualified medical assistance services and later took over those patients who could be transported in specialized clinics abroad.

Invitations to the event were made at the proposal of the relevant institutions, namely the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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