Upon hearing a talk from one of their members, Will Jackson, Hereford Elgar Rotary Club decided to purchase an ambulance that would be sent to help the people of Ukraine.
Thanks to the response from all the different Rotary clubs in Hereford Elgar Rotary’s district, a fully-equipped ambulance was purchased from Poland for £13,600 and is now in use in the Ukrainian city of Poltava.
Will has many business links in Ukraine and had been a frequent visitor to the country so was able to see first-hand the devastation that has been caused since the conflict started in February of 2022.
The club were able to forge a link with Borys Bodnar, a Ukrainian Rotarian who has been coordinating the Rotarian humanitarian aid efforts across Ukraine.
Borys identified that there is a need for fully-equipped civilian ambulances, giving Hereford Elgar Rotary a fundraising target.
The club spoke to fellow Rotarian Jim Currie who then encouraged the other clubs in Hereford Elgar’s district to contribute funds towards the ambulance.
Borys was able to collect the ambulance at the Ukraine-Poland border as well as fill it with medical equipment that had been purchased from Italy.
Borys has since sent a message back saying: “The situation is heavy in relation to receiving and helping injured and wounded, the ambulance will be extremely useful.”