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Friday, September 22, 2023

PEI small businesses raise thousands in aid of Ukraine


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘It may not be great, but it may represent a lot.’
  • Refugees from Ukraine come to the border with Poland, escaping a Russian attack. 

Funds raised by the small business of PEI: 

Small businesses on PEI have been engaged in raising funds with the help of Ukrainians.

The Russian attack on Ukraine is now on its sixth day. 

The Russian military has been attacking civilian targets in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, and a convoy of tanks and other vehicles persists in threatening the capital, Kyiv. Many Ukrainian civilians spent another night crowded in shelters, basements, or corridors throughout the nation.

The Canadian Red Cross is raising funds straight with the help of Ukraine, and Leonhard’s Café in Charlottetown had a fundraiser, collecting $6,600 from clients.

“My team and I felt $10,000 sounds better, so we bumped it up a little,” the café noted on Instagram.

Also read: Municipalities across PEI wrestle with short-term rental rules

PEI’s small business owners gather money to help Ukrainians

Hannah O’Donnell, the proprietor of the custom printed clothing and accessories business Two Lupins, partnered with a Ukrainian visual developer to make a sunflower-themed tote bag to raise funds and attention.

“It was great. Within almost two hours of me publishing this, they were sold out,” stated O’Donnell.

“It may not be much, but it may indicate a lot to someone, so why not utilize the little platform that I have and the talents that I have.” O’Donnell raised $250 for the Red Cross.

Summerside artist Katelynn Kelly raised $260 for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, contributing $20 per print she dealt over the weekend.

The fundraisers are persisting. On March 12, Grandma Jaworski’s Perogies at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market will provide you with six hot perogies in trade for a contribution to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

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