Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, Ottawa.
The Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’ (UCC) “Ambulances for Ukraine” project officially handed over ten ambulances from Canada for use by medical institutions across Ukraine.
The Embassy of Canada, the UCC, and Caritas Ukraine – an international aid organization –officially transferred the ambulances to Kyiv on January 27, 2017.
“I am very proud to work with the UCC and bring humanitarian assistance to people in Ukraine who need it most,” said Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan–St. Paul. “The UCC is doing critical work in Ukraine’s most vulnerable areas, and our office worked hard to get the support we needed from Global Affairs Canada.”
John Holuk, Chair of the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’ Ukraine Appeal, highlighted the broad support the project had received.
“I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the volunteers, partners and sponsors who have made Ambulances for Ukraine possible,” said Holuk.
First started by the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee (SURAC), the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress’s Ukraine Appeal took the lead as the project grew to a national scale.
Ambulances for Ukraine was made possible thanks to financial assistance from many branches of the government, such as Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as private donations from Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund, Ukrainian Canadian Congress Manitoba, Saskatchewan Provincial Councils, and League of Ukrainian Canadians and Cosbild.
Ambulance services from across Canada, contributed trauma supplies and medical equipment. Crestline Coach Inc, Ferno Canada and Demers Ambulances refitted and equipped the ambulances for service. Roy Foss and Jubilee Ford in Canada provided spare parts for ongoing maintenance and repair.
The ambulances came from Quebec to Alberta, with five coming from Manitoba. Four of the ambulances will turn into mobile clinics in cities in the Kharkiv region: Pervomaysk, Valkiv, Bluyzyuky, and Barvinkove. This will provide mobile assistance to vulnerable populations. Three more ambulances are heading to hospitals in Ternopil, Chernivtsi, and Kharkiv. Additionally, four fully-equipped ambulances had previously been provided to military hospitals in Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Vinnytsia in September of 2015.
The ambulances are a reminder of the ongoing and serious conflict in Ukraine. It has seen a death toll approaching 10,000, nearly a quarter of them civilians.