- Winnipeggers have continued to show their support at solidarity events and grassroots fundraisers since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began five weeks ago.
- Peter Czehryn has been making Ukrainian Easter eggs for decades and has recently started auctioning them for charity on Facebook.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began five weeks ago, Winnipeggers have continued to show their support at solidarity events as well as grassroots fundraisers.
At Stand with Ukraine on Sunday afternoon, Ukrainian culture was front and center.
The performance, which is a collaboration between the city’s Ukrainian choir and dance ensembles, is the latest fundraiser to aid the war-torn country.
“This is perhaps 1 of the essential shows that our artists have ever been a part of, so we’re dancing and singing in solidarity with the individuals of Ukraine for their safety, freedom, as well as sovereignty,” Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble chairperson Carina Romagnoli said.
The show is in high demand, with both performances selling out almost immediately.
Romagnoli stated, “The response has been amazing.” “I’m at a loss for terms when it comes to how supportive the Manitoba community, but also the global community, is.”
Meanwhile, residents all over the city are banding together to support Ukraine.
Peter Czehryn has been making Ukrainian Easter eggs for decades and has recently begun auctioning them off on Facebook for charity.
A part of the funds will help Ukrainians fleeing the conflict this year.
“People want to help, and this piques their interest,” Czehryn said. “Every day, people are excited to see what’s available and bid on it, and it’s been fantastic.”
Hali Rempel, a Winnipegger with Ukrainian ancestors, has been inspired to help out as well.
“Watching the news is horrible, and all I wanted to do was try to help those in the same way that I’m sure someone helped my family years ago,” she said.
People who donate to the Red Cross will receive handmade dishcloths in the shape of the Ukrainian flag, thanks to Rempel.
Regardless of how Winnipeggers are attempting to assist, many say they will continue to show their support.
“I hope the individuals of Ukraine and the refugees arriving in Canada understand how many of us are attempting to show our support,” Rempel added.
Source: CTV News
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