Rotary response to Ukraine crisis
An incredible show of support
clubs and districts across Great Britain and Ireland have been
collecting money and providing aid for affected Ukrainians since the
conflict began and the efforts have not gone unnoticed.
than £4 million in cash and goods has been raised overall by Rotary in
Great Britain and Ireland and even that impressive figure doesn’t
account for the service hours put in by British and Irish Rotarians in
raising those funds.
1145 donated over half a million pounds towards Ukraine relief efforts
as well as Districts 1040, 1285 and 1220 donating close to that amount!
has also been highly encouraging to see most Rotary GB&I districts
taking advantage of the $25,000 Disaster Response Grants provided by the
just a selection of what districts have been using the Disaster
Response Grants to supply Ukrainian refugees, those displaced in their
own countries and our Ukrainian guests:
- Medical Supplies
- Aquabox Filters
- Mobile Clinic Vans
- Sport and Language Camps
you to every Rotary district who continues to show what it means to put
service above self in these difficult times. Our ongoing support will
be needed throughout this war, and in the recovery and rebuilding over
the oncoming years.
Cheltenham North Rotary Club Members, together with Rotarians from Bishops Cleeve and Members of 41 Club collected donations from "Punters" at the Cheltenham Race Festival on Tuesday 15th March.
This collection together with nearly £6000 donated by Cheltenham North Members means that a magnificant sum of nearly £32000 has been raised to support Ukraine.
We are very grateful to all those whom have supported this cause at this difficult time.
It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world. Rotary
Action Group for Refugees and Intercountry
Collaboration has also begun with ShelterBox,
our global partner in disaster response, and they are in direct contact
with Rotarians in Eastern Europe. As well as ShelterBox, Rotary is also
in contact with other emergency response organisations including Red
Cross and the United Nations to ensure our efforts
are complementary and coordinated.
In Great Britain and Ireland, we have established an operational
taskforce, which will be led by Allan Smith, Rotary GB&I
Humanitarian Disaster Response Lead. This will give Rotarians, who are
always so quick to respond with support in situations such as this,
a central point of contact and assistance through their District
In addition, we have our own Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust,
which can also act as a vehicle for channelling donations that can be
used for the recovery phase of this crisis. An appeal will be
established in due course.
Rotary International will be communicating directly with all members
around the world, and will advise Rotarians on how they can provide
humanitarian relief via My
Our thoughts are very much with the people of Ukraine, and our fellow
Rotary members. Rotary will do everything in its power to bring aid,
support and peace to the region.
At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the devastating situation in
Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there.
Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the
region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences
across Europe and the world.
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organisations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission.
Following a meeting this afternoon with Rotary International General
Secretary, John Hewko, which included more than 40 Rotarian leaders from
Ukraine and neighbouring countries, plans have been put in place for
Rotary to respond and support the horrific and
ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
On a global level, a central disaster response fund is being launched,
which will be coordinated through The Rotary Foundation Board of
Trustees. Our efforts will principally focus on refugees escaping the
There are many existing infrastructures that we can work through to reach those most in need, including the
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Page 3of 5The Rotary Foundation–have now received $3.2m in cash and District Designated Fund donations for Ukraine Disaster Response Grants and 13 grants totalling £450k are already being spentsupporting Rotarians’ response to this humanitarian crisis.Refugees from the Ukraine in the UKand Irelandupdate from Cheryle Berry, co Team Lead Humanitarian Service The Resilience Response Team(Peter Dowse, Brenda Parsons,and Cheryle Berry) held a well-attended online meeting with the District Resilience Officers (DRO) last weekto give an update on the present situation andshareideas of how they could offer help and support in their districts.Many districts have set up District Ukraine Refugee Response Teams, oftencomprising their Chairs of International, Community, Vocational, Foundation and Communication. The District Resilience Officers are reporting back to them on what they learnt in the updatewhich included•Explaining the ‘Homes for Ukraine Scheme’ for the refugees at this stage•People offering a home should register their interest on the Government Website•This will enable thefinancial help, safeguarding, vetting and support services to be activated•We are working with RESET, a not-for-profit organisation that will be linking the refugees with these offers of homes•Refugees enter their details on the RESET website•TheRotaryGB&I Ukraine CrisisTaskforce will be alerting refugees to this scheme•The number of refugees coming to your area willvary from district to district•Building on our experience with refugees from Afghanistan there will be many opportunities to help includingmeeting and greeting at arrival centres, language support, befriending, activities for children and business support•We will keep sharing information with you all•Thank you so much for all you are already doing in preparation•Please contact us if you needinformation •Please share with us what you are doing •Cheryle BerryCo Team Lead Humanitarian Servicecheryle.firstname.lastname@example.orgPeter DowseResilience Lead email@example.comBrenda ParsonsCo Resilience Leadbrenda.firstname.lastname@example.orgSave the datesSaturday 2ndApril3.30pm CET (2.30pm BST)Thursday 26thApril6pm –7pmFor a broad view of the work of ICCs and Rotaract Europe with Ukrainian refugees.More details soonThe Rotary GB&I regular open forum discussion on all things Peace will have a focus on Ukraine at the26thApril meeting.Organised by Rotary GB&I Peacebuilding &conflict Prevention Specialist and Ukraine Crisis Team Member Jannine Birtwistle we will be joined by Taskforce Chair Allan Smithand othersto answer your questionsandhear your ideas and to learn whatyouhave been doing.Register in advanceby clicking this linkto receive your personal joining details.Bank account details –See at end of this bulletin the details for donations to the Rotary International Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals and for the Rotary districts neighbouring UkraineDistribution of Bulletin–This Bulletin has been sent to DGs to arrange distribution throughouttheir DistrictOn behalf of the Taskforce team in Rotary and friendship,AllanPDG. Allan Smith M.B.E. PHFRotary GB&I Ukraine Crisis Taskforce Lead Email allansmithJsy@outlook.com