Organisers are calling on islanders to get involved in Jersey’s Ukraine Week, with the first event taking place on Sunday 21st August.
Ukraine Week takes place between 21st-27th August and will see a series of fundraising initiatives take place across the island, including a Ukrainian ‘living flag’ photo, a blue and yellow-tie dinner, an auction, pop-up stalls celebrating (and selling) Ukrainian foods, fashion and a film screening.
Islanders and businesses are also being urged to hold their own events, be it a dinner party for friends, a pub quiz, a yellow and blue dress-down day in the office, a personal sports challenge or a car wash.
The full schedule of events for Ukraine Week is available on Side by Side’s website and updates can be found on the charity’s Facebook page @jerseysidebyside. A fundraising pack is available to download from the website, aimed at individuals, community groups and businesses wishing to organise their own Ukraine Week fundraising activities.
“There are only a few days to go until Ukraine Week and we’d love as many islanders as possible to get involved – by either attending one of the fantastic events or by organising their own fundraising initiative at work, with friends or with family,” said Michel Le Troquer of Jersey Side by Side. “The Splash out for Ukraine event held at the Watersplash on 6th August was a fantastic event, and we hope to build significantly on this wonderful energy
throughout the week.”
All money raised throughout Ukraine Week will be donated to the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal through charity Jersey Side by Side. It will then be distributed to vetted charities operating inside Ukraine and neighbouring countries by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA). And now islanders can choose which items they’d like their donation to go towards by selecting from a list that has been carefully selected by JOA, in response to the greatest needs of the Ukrainian people, whether it is a medical trauma kit, a portable baby incubator, mine clearance training or psychosocial support.
To date, Jersey Overseas Aid has overseen the distribution of over £2.3m in humanitarian aid to address the needs of Ukrainians both inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. To find out more on what Jersey funds have supported please visit www.joa.je.
Islanders wishing to give to the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal should visit www.sidebyside.je where they can make a secure online donation, choosing to specify the item they’d like to fund or making a donation that will be allocated by JOA. Donations made to Jersey Side by Side, a registered charity, are eligible for tax relief meaning that every £1 donated by Jersey taxpayers is worth £1.25 to the appeal (for donations of £50 or more).
Donations can also be made by cheque (to JSBS or to the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal, Bailiff’s Chambers) or by Bank Transfer.