Prague’s District 3 Initiates Unique Charity Auction: Former Koněvova Street Signs Transform into Aid for Children with Disabilities

In a compelling fusion of history, charity, and community engagement, Prague’s District 3 is set to auction off street signs from the recently renamed Koněvova Street, now known as Hartigova, through a unique online initiative. The proceeds from this auction will be dedicated to providing aid for children with disabilities, marking a transformative and impactful venture.

The street signs, formerly adorning Koněvova Street in Žižkov, will be available for bidding in a charitable online auction commencing this week. District 3 is offering two original signs—one from a house at Tachovského Square and the other from Ohrada. The starting bid for each sign is set at a symbolic 333 crowns, creating an accessible entry point for potential contributors.

This initiative transcends the financial aspect, symbolizing a significant historical shift for the district. The renaming of Koněvova Street to Hartigova represents a transformative moment in Žižkov’s history, as it erases the name of Ivan Stepanovich Konev, a symbol associated with Soviet imperialism, from the area after more than 76 years.

The funds generated from the auction will be directed towards the purchase of rehabilitation aids, specifically weight sensory blankets, designed to calm the nervous systems of clients at the Integration Center Garden. This institution plays a crucial role in providing comprehensive care for children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, and other serious disorders.

The renaming of Koněvova Street to Hartigova occurred on October 1st, with the new name honoring Karel Hartig, the first mayor of Žižkov. Karel Hartig’s contributions include building over sixty houses, establishing a school at Komenského Square, naming the first streets, and playing a significant role in advocating for the independence of Bohemia within Austria-Hungary.

This unconventional auction and its underlying narrative serve as a poignant reminder of how even the seemingly mundane artifacts of a city’s history can be repurposed for the greater good. By intertwining the past, present, and future, this initiative demonstrates the power of community engagement in creating positive change.

Article by Prague Forum

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