Welling help Ukraine Appeal
The blue and yellow flag of Ukraine flies alongside The Motherland Monument in Kyiv, a 200 foot high memorial to World War 2, during which an estimated 26 million soviet citizens died, nearly 7 million of which were Ukrainian.
Another tragedy is now unfolding within the country, with the fighting creating hardships for many and refugees leaving their homes to find safety and shelter in other lands.
One of our own, Roman Potschynok, is of Ukrainian heritage whose parents themselves were refugees, who along with thousands of others settled in this country as Displaced Persons shortly after World War 2.
We here at Welling wish to support the efforts of aid agencies and volunteers helping refugees and also those in need who may still be within the Ukraine by not only making our own donation, but also by spreading the word and publicising that many aid helplines and volunteering organisations have sprung into action.
We have donated to the Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal which has been set up on the GoFundMe website by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain who “…..are working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war”.
But if you prefer, there are others such as the British Red Cross, UNICEF or the Disasters Emergency Committee, details of which can be obtained via their websites.
There are also local organisations who are also carrying out splendid work which you may wish to contribute to using their recommended list of items. Here in Southampton, the Polish Club is carrying out sterling work in collecting donations of medicines, baby care items, dried foods, warm blankets, sleeping bags, etc., all of which is sorted on an almost industrial scale with an army of volunteers, and then driven over to Medyka on the Polish Ukrainian border.
If you have already donated, or are volunteering, we thank you.