- Moncton residents came out in droves for the second time since Russia’s attack began to show their support for the city’s Ukrainian community.
- The rally was attended by Dawn Arnold, the mayor of Moncton. Moncton, she claims, has about 500 Ukrainian families.
For the 2nd attempt since Russia’s attack began, Moncton residents came out in droves to show their support for the city’s Ukrainian community.
A sea of blue and yellow flags greeted pedestrians on Main Street, just outside city hall, early Saturday afternoon.
Natalia Zaiets and her husband, and two children moved to Moncton 2 and a half years ago. She is sick with worry about her family and friends in Ukraine.
“We wake up in the wee hours of the morning thinking about them,” Zaiets said.
She claims that she spends every free moment checking the news.
“I don’t go to bed until 12 a.m. to make sure all of my relatives are still alive,” she says.
She said that seeing a large crowd support Ukraine makes her feel less alone.
Sofia Matkovskya, 14, feels helpless when she sees images of destruction in her homeland. “I couldn’t sleep properly the first day the war started,” she said on Saturday.
She takes solace in the fact that Ukrainian rallies are taking place worldwide. “I’m proud of Ukrainians because we support each other even though we’re in Canada.”
Dawn Arnold, the mayor of Moncton, was present at the rally. According to her, Moncton has about 500 Ukrainian families.
“I believe Monctonians will be called to help out very soon, whether it is with refugees who will be arriving here… On Saturday, she said, “I know Monctonians will step up to help.”
Bonny Pond of Moncton felt compelled to participate in the rally to show her support, and she gets clogged up when she talks about it.
“I know the people there, and they, like everyone else, just want a good life for themselves and their families.” Seeing what’s going on is heartbreaking.”
Rallygoers signed a painting by Moncton artist André Boulard, who created it to show solidarity with Ukrainians.
“There’s a lot of suffering going on there,” Boulard said. “I wanted to add further positivity and support everyone in a condition like that.”
“I believe that positivity is a good way to bring people together.”
Boulard intends to donate the piece to the Moncton Ukrainian Club and hold a fundraiser.
Source: Global News
Get Canada and New Brunswick News’s top News, Market news, and other worldwide news only on New Brunswick Tribune.