Charity Fund “Mission Ukraine” – together possible
End of the year is a traditional time to look back and sum up what has been done. But it is also a time to make plans for the future. Our objective remains unchanged – to do everything in our power to support those who need our help.
Although we cannot yet be proud of our venerable age, we have accomplished quite a bit in just under 3 months of our journey.
Christmas Charity brunch with an auction
On December 15, Mission Ukraine Foundation held a charity brunch with an auction at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel in Vienna.
Every person who attended the brunch could help people in need in Ukraine by purchasing items donated by Ukrainian artists.
Austrian politician and Chairman of the Austrian-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group Mr. Helmut Brandstätter delivered a speech on his recent visit to Ukraine and support of the humanitarian mission.
The Honorary Consul of Ukraine in St. Polten (Austria) Mr. Marc-Milo Lube was among the audience as well.
The auction, hosted by the co-founder of our foundation Marysia Gorobets, raised 216000 UAH. These funds are allocated to help the National Children’s Specialized Hospital “Okhmatdyt”, in particular, to purchase a Holter monitor for the cardiology department.
The Mission Ukraine team is grateful to every contributor for their support and indifference to the needs of Ukrainians.
Ukraine Christmas Drive project
Together with the American company Aegis Living, which holds a campaign to purchase warm clothes among 60 thousand residents of its retirement homes, we launched the Ukraine Christmas Drive project. Over the course of last month, 36 Aegis Living communities in California, Nevada and Washington collected donations for those who are on the front lines in Ukraine.
As an example, last week, one community – Aegis Living Madison – collected more than 20 boxes of donations. Its residents – Julia, who was born in Ukraine, and Dolores, the chair of the Residents’ Council – were in charge of the donation process and managed to attract the attention of the FOX network in Seattle. Because of a FOX News video report, they received additional generous donations from their Seattle neighbors, including hand-knitted hats and scarves.
This campaign has yielded about two tons of donations of warm clothes for Ukrainians. Once it is completed, we will immediately begin to deliver all the collected items to Ukraine.
Assistance to Okhmatdyt National Children’s Hospital
As part of our Medical Aid mission, we have already raised UAH 1049200 for the National Children’s Specialized Hospital “Okhmatdyt”. Part of these funds was used to restore the hospital’s swimming and therapy center located at 7/9 Sretenska Street (to dismantle the swimming pool, showers and locker rooms), as well as to purchase medical systems and equipment for the hospital.
The representatives of the Foundation met Volodymyr Zhovnir, Director General of the National Children’s Hospital “Okhmatdyt”, and Yevhen Vember, Head of the Charity Foundation “Okhmatdyt – Healthy Childhood”. During the meeting they discussed challenges and needs of the hospital, as well as further plans to support the clinic, involvement of foreign charitable foundations and exchange of experience with foreign colleagues.
At the end of the year, the Austrian medical publication Ärzte Woche | springermedizin.at published an interview with the Medical Director of Okhmatdyt Serhiy Chernyshuk. Thus, we strongly hope that the Austrian colleagues will also support the Okhmatdyt Hospital. After all, like all Ukrainian hospitals today, it desperately needs supplies, medicines and medical equipment.