Ukrainians in Halifax raise money for their country by showcasing their culture – Halifax

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Nova Scotia Branch will hold a fundraiser to support the Ukrainian people as they continue to face conflict in their country.

The Halifax booth with the Ukraine event will showcase and celebrate the country’s culture.

Kateryna Skypor is a pianist and singer who grew up in a small village 15 kilometers from the capital Kyiv. Their village was destroyed by Russian troops. Her entire family remains in Ukraine, but fled their homeland during the war.

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Concerned and saddened by the ongoing terror their country continues to face, Skypor wanted to donate her musical talent as a means to support fundraising.

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“The Ukrainians have never been so united. Everyone is involved in the fundraising and will help each other. We’re going to try to keep our heads busy doing things, by really helping Ukraine, instead of sitting at home watching the news and being depressed and scared for our loved ones.”

Many others in similar predicaments as Skypor feel the same way. Vlad Snytkin returned to Halifax from the Polish capital of Warsaw just last week. He spent two weeks there helping Ukrainian refugees and helping family and friends complete paperwork so they can eventually come to Canada.

Upon hearing the harrowing stories of refugees in Warsaw, Snyktin contacted the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress and decided to join forces to host the fundraiser.

“I am proud of Ukrainian culture. I am proud to be Ukrainian. I am proud to be Canadian. And I want as many Canadians as possible to experience the culture,” he says.

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In addition to Ukrainian food, there will also be music and dancing.

“We also want to hold a virtual reality tour so that Ukrainian cities like Kyiv and Lviv are so beautiful that people can see how beautiful Ukraine was before the war,” says Stanislav Serebriakov.

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Ukrainians are not alone in their quest to raise funds for the war-torn country. Russian citizen Mizurkina says she feels sad and guilty about the war her homeland has inflicted on Ukraine and feels obligated to help.

“I think for a lot of Russians it’s a mix of hopelessness, guilt and confusion, and I think it’s very important to help and do something,” says Mizurkina.

100 percent of the proceeds go to the Ukrainian charity Come Back Alive. Its mission is to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with critical supplies and protection services for the civilian population.

The Halifax booth and fundraiser for Ukraine will be held on April 23 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the John W. Lindsay YMCA at 5640 Sackville St.

More information and updates will be posted on the event’s website and Facebook page.

Donations are welcome. If you have any questions, please email Stanislav Serebriakov.

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