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Rotary International Statement
It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

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Message from District Governor Donna Barrett
In the past weeks and days, like you I have watched as the situation in Ukraine has escalated to a humanitarian crisis. This is a heart breaking tragedy and is recognized as such by persons, organizations and governments across the globe. 
 
Rotary International Statement on the Ukraine Conflict

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.
At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.
In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.
Rotary International
25-Feb-2022.
 
Support for Ukraine
 
As Rotarians, we want to do everything we can to help the people of Ukraine. Several of you have reached out directly to me seek information about how we can provide support.
 
ShelterBox our project partner for disaster response has been in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe and is seeking donations to offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies. 
https://www.shelterbox.org
 
UNICEF Canada
 
Red Cross 
https://donate.redcross.ca/page/100227/donate/1?locale=en-CA The Government of Canada has announced that it will match donations to the Red Cross in support of Ukraine.
 
Additionally, Rotary members and others can sign a petition created by the Rotary Action Group for Peace here: Petition · ROTARIANS SAY NO TO WAR · Change.org 
Contact Alison Sutherland, Director, Rotary Action Group for Peace at ypalison@yahoo.co.uk for more information on the petition.   
 
Many of our members have friends and family whose lives are directly impacted by this crisis. In each of our clubs you know these people. Please reach out to them and be generous in your compassion and support. 
 
As more information becomes available, RI will advise how members can provide humanitarian relief to the people of Ukraine on MyRotary.org. We will continue to update you as we learn more.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Donna Barrett
District Governor 2022-2023
Rotary Foundation Support for Ukraine
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for Rotary members around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
 
Please see link below for details
Shelterbox Canada Urgent Appeal for Ukraine
In recent days, homes in Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed. Innocent civilians are being killed, families and lives are being torn apart. The UN is reporting hundreds of thousands of people on the move inside the country or trying to leave. 
 
They are predicting as many as 12 million people may need humanitarian assistance inside Ukraine.
 
Additionally, the UN predicts that as many as 4 million refugees may be seen as a result of this crisis. More than 874,000 people are reported to have already fled Ukraine to neighboring countries [as of Tuesday 1 March 2022].
 
ShelterBox is responding to the Ukraine crisis. A team is on their way. We will be sending aid and are working to understand who is doing what so we can avoid duplication and get as many people as possible the support they need.
 
We are liaising with Rotary and Rotaract leadership and members in the region to coordinate information and better understand the situation. We have connected with District 2231 in Poland and with the wider regional coordination framework under RI Director Katarina Kotsalis.
 
We need your help.
 
Your District's support today will provide lifesaving aid for families affected by the Ukraine crisis. Any additional money raised will help ShelterBox provide emergency shelter to families affected by disaster around the world.
 
As official Project Partners in international disaster relief, Rotary and ShelterBox work together to ensure no one is left without shelter after disaster. Donating to ShelterBox is the best way Rotarians can take immediate action to help families affected by disasters around the world. 
 
 
Donations can be made online through the button below or by mailing a cheque to ShelterBox Canada, 159 Jane Street, Office 2, Toronto, ON, M6S 3Y8
Rotary Club Edmonton South Support for Ukraine
Relief for Ukraine!
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton South announces that, using our Charitable Trust and building on our past effective and successful partnership on projects with the Rotary Club of Rivne in Ukraine, we can accept financial donations to provide humanitarian relief to Ukraine. RC Rivne will expend the funds on humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Donations of $50 or more will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.
Donations may be made via e-transfer or cheque.
For e-transfer payment:
  1. Set up Rotary Club of Edmonton South as a contact that you can send money to by e-transfer
  2. Add the message: Relief for Ukraine AND provide your name and full address to receive the tax receipt
  3. Security question: Not required
  4. Notification method – by email to rcedmsouth@gmail.com
Payment can also be made by cheque mailed to our PO Box below:
Rotary Club of Edmonton South
PO Box 88102, Rabbit Hill PO
Edmonton, AB T6R 0M5
 
Rotarians in Poland and Ukraine have set up a “Green Corridor” for aid shipments, which we can access for those interested in sending shipments of goods. This operates once goods are in Poland.  For information once your shipment is ready, contact ihor.kruk.phf@shaw.ca