11 tons of humanitarian aid were collected and sent to Ukraine on January 4, 2017, by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Canadian company Caravan Logіstics and Canadian NGOs “Ukraine Appeal”, GlobalFire, Global Medic and the Ukrainian Canadian League.
To Mariupol, Ukraine through the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will be delivered firefighting suits, boots, helmets, hoses and breathing apparatuses onto skids, to help protect civilians and homes in the conflict zone, as CBC.ca reported. The consignment will be transferred to hospitals and fire stations in Donbas.
This gear will help fill in the gaps for emergency responders in the Ukraine, said Craig Lester, one of the directors with GlobalFire:
“This is the type of aid that can make a large difference with respect to the safety of the emergency workers, as well as the community that they serve,” Lester said.
“There is still ongoing shelling there and we need to do whatever we can to assist the people in Mariupol,” said John Holuk, a co-ordinator for the Ukraine Appeal, an initiative of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
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The Foreign Ministry said Ukraine appreciates the efforts of the Government of Canada and the Ukrainian Diaspora in this country in the provision of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
“The equipment collected by the Ukrainian community in Canada will allow improving the quality of provision of the first aid to victims of the Russian aggression against our country, and will allow enhancing the efficiency of fire fighting,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service reported.
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