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Amigos Rotarian Rob Grede and Two Friends Bring Aid to Ukraine Through Rotarians in Poland with help from Rotarians and Friends in the States

Rob Grede, another Rotarian, and another friend couldn't sit on their couch and watch any longer.  
 
Rob contacted Past District Governor Angela Rester to see how the Rotary Club Milwaukee Amigos After Hours might help if he and a couple friends were willing to go to Vienna and purchase medical supplies and then drive them to Poland for distribution to Ukraine refugees and to get to those in Ukraine needing the medical supplies.  Rester utilized Rotary "family" connections and meeting the Council on Legislation reps in Chicago from Poland and Ukraine to get a contact to Rob and as they say, the rest is history.
 
Learn more about the generous outpouring of financial support from Rotarians and friends to purchase supplies and how Rotarians in Poland made sure the needed supplies got where they needed to go.  Rob will be doing a presentation on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club (it will also be available via Zoom as a live event).  You need not be a Rotarian to attend.  See the event listing for details for in-person or virtually.
 
The Rotary Club of Jaroslaw Poland posted the following on their Facebook page.
 
We express our gratitude to the Rotary community for their support in the form of a medicine shipment we picked up at the end of May in Yaroslav (a Polish city on the border with Ukraine).
The cargo was delivered by three American Rotarians Robert Grede, Greg Ryan www.rotaryamigos.org Dale Wilson and passed on for delivery to Rotary Club Cherkasy International with whom we have long ties.
Territorially it was transferred to the Rotary Club Jarosław warehouse, where the cargo was stored for several days. For what the Rotary Club of Yaroslav special thanks!
Following this, the representative of the Women's Veterans Movement in Lviv, Христя Мавка alone, was able to pick up the medicine with her own car to distribute in various "hottest" destinations. For we currently have many unspoken needs and requests from our brothers and sisters.
Specifically, this cargo was distributed and delivered: to Rivne Hospital, where our military undergo treatment and rehabilitation, and to Bakhmut Field Hospital.
Thank you very much to our friends for their support!
Together for the Victory! And with faith in further cooperation.
 
Rob also received notification as follows - 
Confirmation!
We received notice today that the medical supplies we delivered to the Jaroslaw [Poland] Rotary Club on 16 May have reached the front near Bahmut, in the Donbas Region.
Thank you to Maryna Guryanova of the Cherkasy [Ukraine] Rotary Club for coordinating the delivery.
 
And this posting from Maryna Guryanova
About another project of our Rotary Club Cherkasy International
On May 16, a valuable shipment of medicines was delivered to Yaroslav (a Polish city on the border with Ukraine) from Austria to help treat refugees, military and undocumented populations.
We accepted this shipment, along with a commitment that each box gets to exactly who needs it.
After negotiations with several carriers, the decision has been made to hand over the cargo to Жіночий Ветеранський Рух with which our Rotary club has long-standing ties and built trust (organization member or military or volunteer) carry medicines and provision themselves hot spots).
On May 21, the cargo was in lviv, despite the fuel crisis in Ukraine,- they managed to take it.
Currently there is distribution and adresna delivery from lviv to eastern Ukraine.
Thanks to Rotarians from Rotary Club Jarosław for this project and our friendly www.rotaryamigos.org for introducing us to them.
One separate suitcase was sent by us from Lviv to Cherkasy on May 17 by Nova Poshta and yesterday, most of it was transferred to military to our member of the Club Anna Nikolaeva who has been engaged in their security since the first days of the war.
We have a few more projects about which we will report to the extent of the news.
 
Rotarians in Action!!!!  
 
Rotarians all over the world responded to the needs in Ukraine and to refugees.  A Disaster Relief Fund was established and has already received $15 Million in contributions and MANY Rotarians around the world have opened their homes to refugees needing a place to call home as they fled Ukraine with little more than what they could carry. Read more about Rotarians responding to the humanitarian need below.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. We’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region.

Find out more about what Rotary is doing and how you can support relief efforts.

How we are taking action

Your donations at work 

All donations to our Disaster Response Fund from 3 March to 30 April 2022 have been prioritized for use providing humanitarian aid to regions that are supporting Ukrainian refugees or other victims of the war.

Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, we raised more than $15 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.

So far, 128 disaster response grants totaling $3.3 million have been awarded to support people affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitarian aid in and around Ukraine, and districts can apply for these grants until 31 December 2022.

Donations made to the Disaster Response Fund after 30 April will be available to all communities around the world that need assistance recovering from disasters.

Contact information and how to support local club and district-led efforts

Many clubs and districts have organized local humanitarian response initiatives in Ukraine and the surrounding region. Find out how to engage with Rotary clubs and districts, find contacts for hosting refugees, and more local efforts. You can directly support these local projects.

Download a list of relief efforts and relevant Rotary contact information (PDF)

District 2232 (Ukraine) formed a committee to help victims of the war in Ukraine. They identified urgent medical supplies to help injured civilians. Download the list of needed medical supplies (PDF).

Learn how Rotary is responding

Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world are working with members nearby to provide information, transportation, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.

Find out what clubs are doing