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A young Ukrainian girl is holding the sign that accompanies every relief package that we send. She stands in front of her bombed out apartment building. She and millions of other Ukrainian kids are facing the effect of adult aggressors who have no regard for their lives, health ,or futures. Yet, she manages to stand courageously in the face of hardship and uncertainty.
That's us at the Ballgame with our Ukraine fundraising gear, selling 50-50 raffle tickets. Turns out that the lucky winners gave us their winnings. Together with the Fishercats and generous fans, we raised $10,000.
We wire the funds directly to our Polish Rotarian partners based upon our pre-approved schedule of support.
Rapeseed fields blanket the agricultural landscape. Can you see the blue-over yellow echo of the Ukrainian flag?
These are pallets of Groat, the hulled kernels of various cereal grains, such as oat, wheat, rye, and barley. Groat is a staple of the Ukrainian diet. So far, we have shipped 700 tons to Relief centers and Orphanages throughout free Ukraine. The picture shows our warehouse in Chelm, Poland
Shown: A few of the 10,000 sleeping bags and 50 generators we have provided to relief centers and orphanages.
The video is just 2 minutes of your time, but has tons of information (literally).
In this Picture: One Mayor, one Rotary Club President, two Ukrainian Relief Organization representatives, a Polish Ambassador to Georgia (the country) , a Rotarian in charge of our Child trauma center, and us (Lisa, Alex, Susan and Steve) - It takes a lot of meetings to coordinate for effective relief. The Ukrainians traveled for 8 hours to meet with us.
While vacationing in Berlin, Germany, Wen made a special trip to meet us in Zamosc, Poland. He was impressed by our people to people effort and will be writing an article about us for the February issue. There are 1.3 Milion Rotarians world-wide. That's quite an audience! We hope to leverage the news into more funding so we can continues our work. Can you help?
We have learned that every material good that is needed in Ukraine is available in Poland and the European Union. Sending clothes, food or other goods overseas is inefficient, red tape laden, subject to graft and time consuming. Better to let trusted partners in Poland and Ukraine do the sourcing, and we concentrate on the fund-raising. We are Rotarians trusting Rotarians. We have a common ethic and standards. "Service above Self" are words we live by.