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No. 15


Apollonia Foundation

Nature Day activities For the whole summer, all children from Gevgelija have the opportunity to explore and learn about nature, during the picnics and activities that are part of the environmental project called Nature Day. The most interesting trip for the children in July was the visit of the 2 waterfalls near Strumica. One of the things they learned was that there are around 150 waterfalls in Macedonia. The highest one is on mountain Korab. It is 138 meters high and is located under the top Mal Korab. Hidden in the deepest forests, visited only by the bravest and the most persistent nature lovers, the waterfalls are a unique event and adventure. The most visited are the waterfall in Smolare and Koleshino, at the slopes of the mountain Belasica.

Inside this issue: Piano concert of Emil Ribarski


Folk group “Negorci”


Association of school sport


Scholarship for individuals


Academic Vasko Taškovski, for the third time in Apollonia Art Commune 2008


About us


Eco calendar



At the border between Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece, at 650 meters above the see level the Smolare waterfall is located. It is one of the biggest waterfalls on Belasica, where the water falls from the rocks at a height of 35-40 meters. The area around the waterfall is abundant with vegetation and moss that never changes its green color. Here, during winter, nature creates the most beautiful icicles hanging over the rocks. In front of the waterfall there is a hole for which the locals tell their own story. The legend says that King Marko jumped with his horse from the waterfall, and the horse’s shoe made a hole in the stone. The people from Smolare call this hole “dira”. Near the Smolare waterfall is located the Kolesino waterfall. It is in the south-east part of the country, in the lower flow of the Baba River. It is 21 meters high, with fall width of about 16 meters, and is of the step-type of waterfalls. All children were delighted by the beauty of the nature they saw, and the things they learned about water conservation, and pollution were very affective on them.

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Piano concert of Emil Ribarski With program dignified for classical musical master, on the scene of Apollonia Hotel for the first time in front of the Gevgelian public Emil Ribarski, young Macedonian musician, presented himself with piano concert. Scarlatti sonatas, scherzo and polonaise from Shopen were played in the first part of the concert, and announced the exciting musical experience for that evening. In the second part of the concert for the first time were played “Paintings from exhibition” from Musorgski. With this same repertoire on 18th of June Emil Ribarski presented himself on the prestigious International festival “L’eskala” in Spain. The concert in Gevgelija was held in the frames of the event “Gevgelian musical moments” which for 10 years exists in Gevgelija and its supported by Apollonia Foundation. Emil Ribarski is from Skopje and he comes from family of professional musicians. He graduated in 2006 with the highest grades in the piano department of the Faculty for musical arts in the class of Milica Shperovic-Ribarski. He also graduated on the Academy “Andzelika Konstantijana” in Rome, in the class of Marcela Krudeli. Very important for his musical career and growth was his one year specialization on the State Conservatorium Cajkovski in Moscow, in the class of deserved Russian artist , Andrej Diev. Ribarski is now working as piano professor in the State Musical Center Ilija Nikolovski - Luj in Skopje.

Folk group “Negorci” The Folk group KUD Negorci for the second time this summer presented the Macedonian Folklore abroad. This time around 30 children on their 18 days European tour, took part in 2 International festivals. The first festival was the “Internationales Trachtentreffen der Mosel in Krov - Germany“ which was held traditionaly for the 56th time, and with participation of many folk group from Germany and 6 folk groups from another countries. The second festival was the 10th International festival in SCH Agene, where they played 10 concerts in front of a big number of audience, and representatives from the Macedonian Embassy. In Netherlands they also performed in front of the audience in Hag and Delft. They came back with the impressions that their concerts were very successful. Now they are preparing for the third tour, which will be in Turkey, with the oldest members of the group. We are very proud on their work and success, we think that they are truly ambassadors of the Macedonian culture, and that’s why same as last years, Apollonia Foundation supported their activities and made donation for this particular folk tour.

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Association of school sport The association of school sport of the community in Gevgelija is part of the Federation of school sport which has associations like this one all over Macedonia. This association organizes sport activities, games and matches for talented children who are interested in sports and has been chosen from their teacher in the schools. In July they had football game that was held in Serbia, and Apollonia Foundation helped them by giving small donation for covering some of the transportation costs. One of the things that children learn when they do sports in teams is the individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Scholarship for individuals Apollonia Foundation, has always supported education, because it is one of the essential components of life. Donations to the schools, educational projects, sending teachers to seminars and individual scholarships are the things that the foundation does for the education as one of the “branches” of the public interest. This year the first scholarship went to Marija, student in third year at the University Ovidius in Constanca, Romania. She is studding medicine, or more specifical dental mechanics, has excellent grades, and her demand for donation satisfies the conditions that the foundation has for giving scholarships. We hope that one day we’ll be able to form Apollonia Academy, with fond for children that has very good grades and can’t afford university studies.

Academic Vasko Taškovski, for the third time in Apollonia Art Commune 2008 One of the participants in this years Apollonia Art Commune 2008 was academic Vasko Tashovski. He is born on 31st August, 1937 in the village Nizo Pole, Bitola. Completed The School of Applied Arts in Skopje in 1958 and graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1964. In the period between 1966 and 1991 he worked as a set designer in the Macedonian Television. Apart from paintings in oil, he also works in watercolors and graphics. Occasionally he makes “Vasko Taškovski’s paintgraphic design, too. He has had more than 40 one- ings warn us to harness man exhibitions, and has taken part in a lot of our destructive urges togroup exhibitions in the country and abroad. His wards nature and get back work was also presented to the Paris public in the lost harmony between 1992 with an imposing exhibition and auction of about 100 works. nature and human” The last time he presented his work in front of the Gevgelian public was in May 2008, with exhibition held in Apollonia Hotel.

Academician Georgi Stardelov

Vasko Taškovski is also member of MANU– Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Vasko Taškovski felt his tendency and power of mastering the drowning in his early age, and he has been searching with primordial fanaticism and finding all the possibilities to bring about maximum in this field. Taškovski has artistic build painting nature, and he dedicated his knowledge to a special kind of fantasy.

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We believe that sports foster physical wellbeing, team spirit and social ethics.


FUTURE EVENTS: 18-22 August, Gevgelija and Valandovo Open Fun Football School More than 200 children from our community will have the opportunity to practice and learn football in environment where the child is in the center of the attention

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Gevgeliski Partizanski Odred 1 1480 Gevgelija R. Macedonia Тelephone: 034/ 213-222 Fax: 034/213-223 E-mail:

One of the areas that Apollonia Foundation supports and is of public interest is Sport. In the past in the field of sport we have done the following: Sponsoring local teams in football, basketball, handball, and kick-boxing. Funding activities of Sports Associations that focus on children’s sport education. Sponsoring Mountain Clubs and Alpinist expeditions.

Our future plans include: Investing in maintaining the sport fields. Buying necessary equipment and collaborating with coaches in order to develop sport. Sponsoring sport events and activities.

ECO CALENDAR Nature Day goes to Koleshino Waterfalls in Strumica.

This we know - the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to earth.

63,000 square miles of Rainforests are being destroyed each year.

Penguins live only in the Southern Hemisphere and never in the Northern Hemisphere.

Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

Recycling glass reduces that pollution by 14-20%.

If the Antarctic ice sheet melted, it would produce a sea -level rise of at least 60 meters.

In Peninsular Malaysia, more tree species are found in 125 acres of Tropical Forest than in the entire North America.

Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year

Open Fun Football School starts today in Gevgelija and Valandovo

If a mole does not find food within 12 hours, it will die. Its chief Happy revolution food consists of inDay sects & earthworms.


Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.

84% of all household 1 dishwasher load waste can be recycled. uses 9-12 gallons

Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are!" Brillat-Savarin

Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the material that makes them up is hazardous.

One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!

More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home.

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Apollonia Foundation Newsletter No 15  
Apollonia Foundation Newsletter No 15  

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