Rotary Club of Fonthill Action on Ukraine Update - March 12, 2022

When crises occur globally you can count on Rotarians to jump in to assist.  The most recent crisis in Ukraine is no different.  As soon as word came out that the invasion was occurring, Rotarians started asking “How can I help?”.  

Members of the Rotary Club of Fonthill have been answering the call for assistance throughout the past few weeks.  Many have made donations through the various channels – Rotary Foundation, Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Ukrainian Foundation.  They have also been donating much needed supplies to St John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Catharines who are operating locally as a central hub for collections.  

Recently, Rotarian Mike Taylor, as well as President Ann Harrison, and her husband Michael Hrycusko, have been making trips to the Church Hall to deliver items collected.  Rotarian Janet Cripps is working with the E.L. Crossley school community to support a drive to collect items following the school break.  

Thanks to all Rotarians and to members of the community who have so quickly stepped up to help.  For more information on how you can help, please refer to the Rotary Club of Fonthill website, the St John The Theologian Ukrainian Catholic Church, or The Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

Update on Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund

"Contributions to the Disaster Response Fund received by 30 April 2022 qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts. Rotary districts can apply for expedited disaster response grants to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the war in Ukraine including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing." - Source:


Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.
Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.
With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.
John Germ
Trustee Chair, 2021-22
The Rotary Foundation

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