The Chain of Unity gathered more than 1,800 participants


Holding hands as one – this is how the Vyshyvanka Festival sees Ukraine. Once again, CO the Maxym Stepanov Foundation supports the Chain of Unity campaign. And this year, on the 10th anniversary of the festival, the Chain brought together more than 1,500 participants.

A story about unity and a common goal, about respect for culture and ancestors, about faith in the future and a strong goal – this year Primorsky Boulevard has turned into a colorful living chain of residents of Odessa. On the Independence Day of Ukraine on August 24, 2018, 1,875 participants in bright embroidered shirts held their hands.

Maksym Stepanov, the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration and the founder of CO the Maxym Stepanov Foundation, also took part in the action and joined the live chain. It stretched from the monument to Duke de Richelieu down and up the Potemkin Stairs, right up to the monument to Count Vorontsov on Primorsky Boulevard.

Anyone can take part in the action and the only requirement is a festive embroidered shirt, as a sign of a common goal, idea and passion to be in the moment with the whole country.

According to the organizers, they prepared 5,000 registration badges and hoped for a new record of participants. And it is quite possible that even more Ukrainians will join the chain next year. After all, the largest chain in Odessa was formed in 2016: then 3,351 participants held hands. We are waiting for the new year and new records, to be united – it is time to hold hands!