Many British Columbians are looking for ways to help Ukrainians, as the crisis with Russia continues to escalate.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress B.C. has staged multiple rallies including a car convoy where several dozen Ukrainian Canadians and their supporters assembled in Vancouver Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. A third rally is being planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
One B.C. resident is currently working in Ukraine and said he’s there to help in any way he can.
Chad Martz and his family live in Chilliwack, B.C., but he is now in the Karpasian mountains in the western part of Ukraine for his job as director of the group Hungry for Life, which will help Ukrainians flee their country.
“This affects so many different people, there’s a lot of anger, there’s a lot of frustration, there’s anxiety from those people who are currently in the conflict zone. So, people are not necessarily shocked as they’ve been dealing with the threat of this for eight years but now that it’s actually happening… it’s tough,” Martz explained.
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Eugene Lupynis, who sits on the board of Richmond’s Ivan Franko Ukrainian Centre, said B.C. estimated 200,000 residents of Ukrainian descent fear for their friends and family in Europe.
“Speaking to community members, everybody is worried, everybody is watching the news, every media outlet that can be found we are watching, trying to get the latest,” he said.
Are you a British Columbian looking to support Ukrainians abroad? Here are some sources:
How British Columbians can help
- The Canada-Ukraine Foundation has created a GoFundMe and donation portal to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in Ukraine. The foundation is also encouraging people to use the hashtag #HelpUkraineNow to raise awareness on social media. As of Thursday, the organization has raised $1,228,340.
- Charitable Foundation Voices of Children provides support programs for children affected by war in Ukraine. They accept donations at voices.org.ua.
- On Facebook, the United Help Ukraine page is asking for donations to help provide food, medical supplies and humanitarian relief for the front lines.
- Hungry for Life helps Ukrainians flee their country, you can donate at hungryforlife.org/donate.
- The Canadian Red Cross has launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to respond to those affected by the ongoing conflict. Donations will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including those who are displaced.