March 4, 2022. TORONTO/OTTAWA – Today, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal announced a further $1,070,000 CAD of aid to be delivered early next week.
The UCC-CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal had already deployed approximately $550,000 CAD to provide food packages, medicine and shelter. Today’s announcement brings that total to $1.62M CAD. Subsequent tranches of support will follow as we monitor and confirm prior deliveries of support, and assess the evolving needs.
Last week, Russia declared war on Ukraine. The Russian army has attacked military facilities, infrastructure and civilian targets. The WHO health cluster estimates that the number of affected people has climbed from 2.9 million a week ago, to almost 20 million today. As a result of this revised estimate, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has increased its target to $25 million CAD.
Just yesterday Rawlco Radio, in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), held a 12-hour Saskatchewan Day of Caring for Ukraine. In just 12 hours, the people of Saskatchewan pulled together and donated $1,020,125 to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and those in Ukraine!
“We have been working over the past several months to identify partners on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries who will be able to deliver aid to the affected population,” said Victor Hetmanczuk, Acting Chair of CUF and Humanitarian Relief Committee lead. “As our partners for the first two tranches of aid deliver on their missions, we continue in our conversations with all our partners to plan for various potential scenarios.”
CUF is now also be lending its expertise in working with several independent initiatives across Canada and help with the logistics required to gather, coordinate and manage the delivery of dozens, if not hundreds, of pallets of donated medical supplies.
“There is a real human need for our members of the Ukrainian Canada community and the broader community, our friends all around us, to do everything we can to help the people of Ukraine at their time of need,” said Alexandra Chyczij, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “We will be reaching out through the UCC provincial councils in the coming weeks to ensure all donated items from schools, places of worship, businesses, organizations, and individuals have a way of getting to those who need them.”
The Appeal will also help fund the coordination and delivery of both the medical supplies and the donated items. An announcement will follow next week.
Please donate to the appeal today to support millions of Ukrainian families who have been displaced from their homes.
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The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) is working with Ukrainian government ministries, who are in the best position to advise on the needs on the ground so that we can ensure that the donations we receive meet the needs of the Ukrainian people. The appeal will work with established partners on the ground who have demonstrated the ability to deliver aid in a timely and effective manner.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee is established jointly by the two organizations to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The committee will work with the Ukrainian Canadian community across Canada to reduce duplication of effort, increase efficiency and ensure aid efforts have the most effective impact for Ukrainian citizens affected by the crisis.
As of March 4, 2022: The UCC-CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has announced the deployment of $1.62M CAD for the provision of food packages, medicine, and shelter. Subsequent tranches of support will follow as we monitor and confirm delivery of prior tranches of support and assess the evolving needs. Funds pledged to date add up to $7.5M CAD of the $25M CAD target.
Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through: www.cufoundation.ca or by sending a cheque to CUF office (620 Spadina Ave, suite 200, Toronto, ON, M5S 2H4). For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org