Despite early fears that Ukraine would be unable to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it has now been confirmed that the country will most definitely take to the stage in Malta.
The Ukrainian delegation has confirmed that they will be able to compete after securing adequate funds to be able to finance the nation’s participation in this year’s contest, following a call for help to ensure Sofia Rol would make it to this year’s show. The United World Cultures Foundation, a Ukranian charity helping gifted children, orphans and disabled children by funding educational and culture-based projects, have now been able to provide 70,000 UAH towards the project, while the Ministry of Culture has provided the majority of the funding so far – just short of 150,000 UAH. Although Sofia and the Ukranian team are still short by about 300,000 UAH, private donations continue to come in; so far amounting to 20,000 UAH – getting them nearer to the required amount of 580,000 UAH. Reports suggest that the parents of Sofia Rol, this year’s Junior Eurovision participant for Ukraine, have taken out two bank loans allowing them to fund the project.
Sofia Rol and her team will fly out to Malta later this evening, aiming for a top five result. Similarly to Jamala’s winning Eurovision performance earlier this year, National Television Ukraine hopes the performance to resonate with the people of Europe.