Martha Rogers announces $1M matching donation to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation

Martha Rogers announces a pledge to match donations made to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation between August 24, 2022 (Ukraine’s Independence Day) and September 7, 2022 (Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day).

Up to $1 million dollars in total will be matched, $500,000 to Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (“Help Ukraine Now”), $250,000 to “Help Displaced Ukrainians in Canada”, and up to $250,000 to the “Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program”. Direct donate buttons for the above with immediate tax receipts can be found on the homepage.

Martha makes this pledge in memory of her mother, Loretta Anne Rogers, as she spearheaded the idea to support the Ukrainian people in their time of need. “From the early days of the horrific Russian attacks on Ukraine, mom and I would view and read the news together. She and I were absolutely distraught at the damage to hospitals, schools and residential buildings, and the indiscriminate murder of thousands of civilians, including women and children, and the displacement of more than 10 million Ukrainians.” “We became aware of the great work the Canada-Ukraine Foundation was doing back in March, just a few weeks into the attacks. Mom and I agreed to support this Canada-based humanitarian charity based on its almost 30-year track record, its established and reputable partners in and around Ukraine, its endorsement by the Ukrainian Canadian community, the support of federal and provincial governments here in Canada, as well as contacts with government ministries in Ukraine. Most importantly, we were impressed by CUF’s ability to deliver diverse types of aid in a timely, flexible and efficient manner.”

Orest Sklierenko, President and CEO of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, said “This pledge from Martha in memory of her mother is a most generous endorsement of CUF and its mission. The matching pledge program is a laudable example of how leaders in our community can encourage others to add their support to #HelpUkraineNow.
He continued, “From the early days of these attacks, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from across Canada, from tens of thousands of donors from the Pacific to the Atlantic and every community in between.”

Background Information

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is a joint program by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), with the aim of   providing a coordinated  approach to humanitarian with emphasis on getting assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance with respect to displaced persons, medical care, emergency shelter and food security. 

To date, we received $43M in donations, $22M of which have been dispersed and allocated.

The “Help Displaced Ukrainians” Appeal – is a parallel fund, established by Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to deploy support to displaced Ukrainian families arriving in Canada.

The Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program, supported by CUF, provides surgical care to war casualties, with care provided by intensivist, orthopaedic, head and neck, general, vascular, oculoplastic and burn surgeons, in addition to plastic, hand, craniofacial and neurosurgeons and paediatrics.

Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) was established in 1995 to coordinate, develop, organize and deliver assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine and to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.

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