No one should have to endure the suffering of war. Seeing women and children fleeing violence and having to leave their country just to feel safe is devastating. And while it’s easy to feel helpless, the truth is: every little thing you do goes a long way to helping a family find the hope to keep on going.
Here are four ways you can help support people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries right now.
1. Make a cash donation
There are no two ways about it: a donation of cash is the absolute best way to support the people affected by the war in Ukraine. CARE’s partner there, People in Need, has been supporting people affected by the ongoing conflict for eight years — and are already delivering food, water, sleeping bags and hygiene kits to those fleeing the violence. It’s up to us to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the funding required to provide for as many people as possible.
2. Set up a Facebook fundraiser
A great way to show you care, and to raise awareness about the war in Ukraine, is to set up a Facebook fundraiser. It’s simple to do and is easy to share with your friends and encourage them to contribute. It’s perfect if you have a birthday or anniversary coming up — just set up a Facebook fundraiser asking for donations instead of a gift. With so many people getting their news and updates about the war on Facebook, they’re already on the platform and might just be looking for the chance to give.
3. Organise or take part in a fundraising event
If you’re committed to making a difference, why not set up your own fundraising event or take part in an existing challenge? You could organise a trivia night, hold a bake sale or set your own fundraising challenge. Fun runs, bike rides, triathlons, walks and obstacle races are just some of the ways you can raise money to support those in need. There are hundreds of events around Australia, so wherever you are, you can run, cycle or swim and start a chain of generous people giving and sharing – all in the name of saving lives.
4. Fundraise at your workplace
Another group of people to encourage to support your fundraiser are your colleagues. You can encourage your employer and colleagues to truly live their values by contributing to a worthy cause. Plus banding together to support this urgent work helps staff feel good about the impact they are having.
Have some items you want to donate?
It’s natural to want to donate things like clothes, blankets, toys for kids or other helpful things that you may have. And whilst that’s super kind, it’s really important that relief items are sourced from the economies of the affected communities — that way local businesses and suppliers can benefit too. So we don’t accept donations of physical goods or items. Instead, if you do want to help out, it could make a lifesaving difference if you choose one of the four ways above.
Thank you so much! We appreciate your contribution, time and effort in supporting the people of Ukraine.