“On behalf of Council and residents of North Grenville, we are flying the Ukrainian flag to show support and solidarity to the people of Ukraine during this crisis,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“This is a horrific conflict that has displaced 50 percent of the country’s children and forced millions to flee. It has affected many neighbouring countries in Europe and beyond. The Ukrainian diaspora is very strong in Canada, and we know there are North Grenville residents who are personally touched by this conflict,” noted Mayor Peckford.
“Further, one of North Grenville’s faith communities, Southgate Church, is already in the process of sponsoring 18 displaced Ukrainian residents, the first of whom arrived this weekend with tremendous support from their congregation” highlighted Mayor Peckford.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of community support to date. North Grenville has proven, once again, to be a caring and generous community. Donations of all sorts – financial, items for silent auctions, food, clothing, lodging – have been given without hesitation,” said Councillor Kristin Strackerjan.
“Many volunteers have shown up for efforts both big and small, and residents have found many creative ways to raise awareness and funds,” Councillor Strackerjan added. “All of these events and opportunities to contribute to have been grassroots initiatives and community-led.”
On the weekend, a local fundraiser was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212, organized by North Grenville Helps Ukraine, a local group of volunteers who are supporting Ukraine in their time of need.
This music-filled event raised over $4,000 via donations and a silent auction, with all money collected being directed to the Red Cross for immediate use on the ground. For more information, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groups/north.grenville.helps.ukraine.
In addition, over $4,000 was raised for Ukraine (via the World Central Kitchen organization) at the Maple Weekend at the Kemptville Campus Agroforestry Centre.
The North Grenville Curling Club also held the Rockin’ for Ukraine Bonspiel, a dinner, and silent and live auctions. These funds will be directed to the Southgate Church Ukrainian support efforts and the Red Cross.
Southgate Church has raised over $28,000 through a Go Fund Me page that will support the 18 young adults they have sponsored to come to Kemptville. To donate visit: www.gofundme.com/f/refugee-support-and-emergency-aid.
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