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couple. However, with success came responsibility, and the self-indulg ent
thrill faded as fast as it had arrived. Lessons learned from their parents in
early life compelled the couple to look for greater meaning; to use their newly
acquired fortune to better purpose.
While they support Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, the St Jude Children’s
Research Hospital, the Flying Doctor Ser vice and Telethon, to name but a
few, some charitable organisations retain special meaning for the couple. And
they have launched Tsvet Productions for their fundraising initiatives, with
three major events planned next year.
The Love Angel Foundation, an organisation dedicated to improving the
lives of displaced orphans worldwide, will be the first charity to benefit in
2011. Lydia will premiere Perth’s largest degustation menu, The Finer Things,
at the Cottesloe Civic Centre on February 19 to raise money for its ongoing
work. This charity is particularly close to her heart due to a special bond with
her grandmother, who was raised an orphan from an early ag e. “When I think
of children all alone in the world it breaks my heart,” says Lydia.
Previous events – including a spectacular Halloween party held at
Fremantle Prison in October 2010 – raised money for the Muscular
Dystrophy Association of WA, another organisation with special meaning.
“We have a friend who suffers from a rare strain of the disease,” Zhenya says,
“and we are determined to do all we can to help find a cure. The research
facility right here in Nedlands is doing great work and I hope they will soon
make a world’s first breakthrough in treatment.”
Zhenya and Lydia light up when discussing their humanitarian work. This
is clearly the part of life from which they derive great satisfaction. Other life
pleasures, on the other hand, revolve around family and friends.
“It is wonderful to give without expecting anything in return,” Lydia says.
“To help family and close friends is reward in itself.”
Zhenya agrees. “When I was younger, I couldn’t give to charity, I just didn’t
have the resources. Now that I have made some money, it is important to use
it for something meaningful. Otherwise, what would be the point?”
THIS PAGE Growing
up, Lydia had a typical
West Australian outdoor
childhood – something
that will set her in good
stead for the Kokoda
Trail. OPPOSITE Zhenya’s
newfound wealth has put
him in a position to support
charities with close personal
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