Ukraine fundraisers

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Eastbourne supporting Ukraine

There are several actions arising within the Eastbourne Community in support of the situation in the Ukraine. These include:

1. A Ukraine support Flag Sticker (Simon Shaw, St Ronan’s) 

2. A Garage Sale at St Ronan’s (Cath Louden-Sim and team) 

3. A High Tea at Wellesley – (Judy Bain, Hutt Valley Rotary) - Sometime in May, details pending.

I encourage you to promote all these actions within and beyond the Eastbourne community.

Sandy Lang - St Ronan's Parish Clerk

Flag stickers

Show your support for the people of Ukraine, the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukranian Red Cross Society by purchasing a Ukrainian flag sticker. Cost is $10, all of which goes to the Ukranian Red Cross.

More detailshere
Conact Simon Shaw, 0292789947

Pop up Op Shop

On Saturday 30 April, St Ronan’s was the venue for a remarkable community event – the Ukraine fundraiser ‘Pop-up Op Shop', with all proceeds going to UNICEF’s emergency humanitarian assistance to suffering children and families in Ukraine. 

The driving force behind the event was a team consisting of Cath Louden-Sim, Amanda Mallet, Karen Binnie, Libby Bloomfield and Sheryl Selwyn. In a short time they managed to assemble a network of 30-or-so helpers able to tap into a wellspring of goodwill in Eastbourne towards Ukraine’s plight. Cath, a 11 member of ‘Unity Community’, an inter-denominational group of Christian women in Eastbourne, says she initially felt so powerless watching the tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In sharing with the group, Cath hoped that together they could feel empowered by coming up with a charity project with threefold objectives:• To raise money for humanitarian aid to Ukraine• To give the Eastbourne community the opportunity to connect and unite in a common cause, and• To promote sustainability by selling donated household items and gifting any unsold items to various local charities. 

A network of volunteers was quickly established, drawing on Mainly Music, Popin-and-Play, Kindergarten, Toy Library, School etc, parents. Effective publicity, and word-of-mouth, resulted in an almost overwhelming donation of quality goods – every household item imaginable, from a kayak to a kitchen sink..! On Saturday, a throng of 100s of willing buyers contributed around $10,000 to UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal. A remarkable success! 

The downside of any charity sale is the aftermath clean-up – how to dispose of the unsold items? But, again, the network knew what needed to go where. On Saturday evening, the volunteers sorted the remaining goods into categories which went off to various local charities; the Koha Shed in Wainuiomata; the Wellington City Mission; the Māori Women’s Refuge; electronic goods to enhance STEM learning projects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths); etc. When we arrived for Sunday morning’s ‘informal worship service’ in the morning tea room, yesterday’s shoes and racks of clothes were all gone and the room (and the other rooms) were spotless. 

Cath and her team are enormously grateful for the work of the many volunteers and the generosity of the wider Eastbourne and Bays community, as well as the help from Sandy Lang, Simon Shaw and Diane Gilliam-Weeks of St Ronan’s ministry team.

Les Molloy