- With a long line of people waiting to get in, the Ukrainian fundraiser at Euston Park Social, a Moncton outdoor beer garden, was packed.
On Sunday, the Ukrainian fundraiser at Euston Park Social, a Moncton outdoor beer garden, was packed to the gills, with a long line of people waiting to get in.
As Ukrainian fundraisers continue across the province, Anna Kovalchuk of the Ukrainian Club of Moncton said Sunday that donations make a difference.
“I wouldn’t have the total,” she said, “but I know the previous fundraiser raised more than $30,000, and we’re blown away by the community’s support.”
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Ukrainian Club then sent 21 bags of medication and tactical equipment weighing 23 kilograms each to Warsaw, Poland, with four small carry-on bags.
As the war continues, volunteers will distribute the equipment to those in need. Monctonians came up with a sample of the Ukrainian-inspired food, including poutine topped with Mista Kapusta, a Ukrainian fried cabbage dish, while another fundraiser took place in Sussex.
Susan Cormier, co-owner of Euston Park Social, said she and her husband Gene Cormier were inspired to host a fundraiser by their Ukrainian neighbor.
“He gave us this amazing cookbook of traditional Ukrainian recipes,” she explained on Sunday, “so Gene went through some of his favorites that he thought we could make here.”
Cormier described herself as “overwhelmed” by the response.
“We opened the doors about 15 minutes early and were completely sold out,” she explained.
Local vendors such as Christina Keaveny, who makes sweaters, keychains, and coffee mugs and donates the proceeds, allowed attendees to purchase mostly donated merchandise.
She felt compelled to help after seeing events on the news.
“I contacted the Ukrainian Club of Moncton to see if there were any upcoming fundraisers and if I could assist. “I’ll be helping and campaigning for them as long as they’re doing these fundraisers,” she said on Sunday.
Source: Global News
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