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Richmond's Ukrainian community steps up once more

The Ukrainian Society of Ivan Franko raised more than $14,000 for Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia
Eugene Lupynis, a board director for the Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko in Richmond, wearing a traditional Ukrainian shirt, called a Vyshyvanka, stands outside the society's community centre.

The Ukrainian community in Richmond continues to put its weight behind its native country’s defence of the Russian invasion.

The Ukrainian Society of Ivan Franko – on Francis Road - hosted a very successful Friday Night Supper fundraiser recently, raising more than $14,000 to “financially assist the war effort in Ukraine.”

“Fundraising efforts continue in order to assist the displaced Ukrainians arriving daily in Richmond and we thank our community partners for their continued financial and emotional support,” said the society’s Eugene Lupynis.

And the society is hosting yet another fundraiser, this time being a raffle of planter boxes and gift certificates from local Richmond businesses.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the society’s next Friday Night Supper on June 17 (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or at its Saturday sales (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Dozens of displaced Ukrainians have relocated to Richmond and the surrounding area in the last few weeks and months.

Funds raised are being used to support those displaced Ukrainians who have recently arrived in Richmond.

The money is being used for English language courses, community support programs and welcome boxes being donated to the YVR welcome appeal.

For more information, go to the society’s website at