EUW was born in Cold War Europe in 1953 out of a desire to promote freedom, justice, equality and cultural enlightenment and a belief that this way we would avoid war on our continent.
We are now all appalled at the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the threat it poses to our Western democracies. Sadly this is war. As each day passes more and more refugees are streaming out of Ukraine and humanitarian aid of every kind is needed. We may not be able to fight but we can help in other ways.
EUW has contacted the women in Ukraine who had applied to join EUW before Putin’s unprovoked attack and has also been in touch with our Polish colleagues. We understand that they need first aid items, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, ladies toiletries, tampons and sanitary towels, nappies, wet and dry wipes, toothpaste, adult and children’s’ tooth brushes, baby milk, jars of baby food, nappy cream not to mention towels, blankets, sleeping bags, duvets with high TOG ratings, thermal items of clothing, torches and batteries. The list really is endless. However money may be more help than physical resources but to avoid fraud it must be sent through official agencies in Poland.
British Section does not have the resources to organise aid directly but we can as individuals do all we can to help our local charities who do. So please do what you can to help the Ukrainians and we pray that the nightmare we see unfolding on our TV screens every day will come to a swift end.
Members may be interested to know that donations can be made to: the Disasters Emergency Committee via their website: www.dec.org.uk or via GoFundme.org.UK. There are 15 DEC member organisations: Action Against Hunger, ActionAid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision – see: https://www.dec.org.uk/member-charities.
The Spring 2022 Newsletter has been issued to members.
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