Bolton: the Ukrainian community will organize a virtual balloon race

THE UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY OF BOLTON will host a virtual balloon race to raise much needed funds for the war-torn country.

The relentless graphic accounts of helpless civilians trapped in Mariupol and other war-torn Ukrainian cities have galvanized the urgency to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.

And to ensure success, members of the Bolton branch, led by President, Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn, will work tirelessly with the AUGB national office in London; the Ukrainian Red Cross; WHO; and Caritas Ukraine; to realize this humanitarian project.

Mr Tymchyshyn said: ‘For us it is very important because of the situation and everything that has happened to families everywhere.

“This is an opportunity for a new initiative to help with what is still happening, as there are still victims and some people are severely traumatised.”

The inhabitants take comfort in the destruction of their village. Credit: PA

The Bolton community has already raised almost £5,000 singing outside the town hall and almost £35,000 in total through other donations.

The Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) will be promoting the 100% eco-friendly, game-free virtual balloon race which will start from Mariupol, one of the most devastated cities.

For this fundraising event, instead of using dangerous latex balloons that kill wildlife, RaceforUkraine.org will use the popular rentaballoonrace.com platform.

The platform offers a 100% ecological seven-day computer simulation race where everything is real except the ball.

The software uses live current weather data to determine the progress of each balloon and each entry can be tracked on Google Maps and satellites once launched. Represented by mathematical and physical algorithms, each balloon can be decorated with colors, patterns and text, and flight parameters such as helium volume, rubber thickness and shape can be changed to help win a prize.

The Bolton News: Credit Henry Lisowski.  People stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people in Victoria SquareCredit Henry Lisowski. People stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people in Victoria Square

This virtual fundraising run will complement existing programs such as the Help Ukraine emergency appeal on behalf of AUGB affinity churches and community organizations. Almost £2million has already been sent to their charity partners in Ukraine to provide compassionate aid to those suffering from war.

AUGB has also worked with the UK government to help develop the sponsorship program and shape information and advice for Ukrainians coming to the UK.

All donations can be made to the Ukrainian Cultural Center Bolton or to the following bank: AUGB Bolton branch, sort code – 01-01-42, account number – 26160048.

For further information or sponsorship opportunities contact Mr Tymchyshyn via email: [email protected], telephone 07914 02151, or online www.augb.co.uk.