Funds raised will support H.E.R.O’s ongoing operations in both Ukraine and British Columbia. The multidisciplinary team in Ukraine is composed of both Canadian and Ukrainian volunteers whose main focus is logistical support and transportation of humanitarian aid. The BC team focuses on securing high-value medical equipment through private donors and surplus equipment. Their current mission involves sending a shipping container filled with hospital beds, linens, medical equipment, and supplies to eastern Ukraine.
Support will also be raised for ongoing projects with the Maple Hope Foundation, a registered Canadian non-profit raising funds to support Ukraine.
As well as exploring the fields of flowers, Harrison Sunflower Festival attendees on August 25th will be treated to live music and entertainment. And there will be four food trucks onsite that day, including Old Country Pierogi.
In a gesture of solidarity with the many volunteer groups in Ukraine, there will also be a letter-writing table where everyone is welcome to compose a note of support that will be given to those on the front lines in Ukraine. Additionally, an area beside the Farm Store will be set up to help construct camouflage netting (mirroring an activity that has been taking place in Ukraine). The netting will be sent to Ukraine and used to protect humanitarian vehicles.
“Like millions of others, my husband and I have been heartbroken by images of the devastation in Ukraine,” says festival co-founder Kate Onos-Gilbert. “In recognition of the Sunflower being Ukraine’s national flower, we knew we wanted to create a fundraising event for the country’s citizens who are in need of support. We encourage everyone who can make it to attend the festival on this day. The more attendees, the more funds we can pass along for much-needed humanitarian relief.”
We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, August 25th from 10am-6pm for Ukrainian Day!