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Barbecue held for Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Kelowna

Ukrainian refugee children got to connect with other displaced children at a barbeque in Kelowna. Global News

Okanagan-based efforts to support Ukrainians and their war-ravaged country continue.

A barbecue was held in downtown Kelowna to help Ukrainian refugees connect with local residents, volunteers and each other.

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The event was hosted by Kelowna Stands With Ukraine at the typically busy Waterfront Park in Kelowna, where organizers were able to get a lot of public exposure for their cause.

“It’s their first days in Canada, and it was my idea that they need to get a good impression of people here, and meet new friends, so they feel right at home,” said Deny Storzhuk, president of Kelowna Stands With Ukraine.

The barbecue was supported by donations with all proceeds going to those impacted by the war as well as the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

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Kelowna Stands With Ukraine has already raised more than $200,000 at a variety of events.

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The locally-organized events are turning into places for refugees now arriving in the Okanagan to connect with each other.

Kelowna Stands With Ukraine is planning an art exhibition and auction, after it received a briefcase full of children’s drawings from bomb shelters in Ukraine.

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