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With Ukraine in Our Hearts..

Since the onset of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the AUUC Vancouver has worked hard to raise funds for humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people, and keep Ukraine and its distinct culture in the eye of the public. With so much devastation, and so many people displaced by the violence of the war, the need for funds for medical supplies, clean water, food, and fuel has been continuous. With refugees now coming to Canada, we are also looking at ways to support this new community, help ease their trauma, and make connections to their new Canadian community.

Our fundraising and cultural efforts have included events at the Vancouver hall as well as having our cultural groups share the beautiful Ukrainian culture at a wide variety of fundraising events sponsored by other groups and organizations. In all, the AUUC Vancouver (including our cultural groups and School of Dance) has raised and donated a total exceeding $30,000 to organizations such as Ukrainian Patriot, Medical Mercy Canada, Maple Hope Foundation, and Cobblestone Freeway Foundation. Our support of other organizations through performances at their events have helped raise thousands more to aid the people of Ukraine. We are currently working on sponsoring programmes in the hall for the refugee community. Below is a list of some of the events and donations made on behalf of our organization. Please
continue to check our Social Media sites for updates on our fundraising initiative and ways you can help us contribute to Humanitarian Aid. We will continue, with your help, to support the Ukrainian people in the future as we have in the past.



A statement of support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russian aggression from our Vancouver president, was posted on all of our social media sites and sent to our members.
● Members of AUUC attended rallies held in Vancouver in support of Ukraine.
March 15th - virtual performance by Dovbush in ‘Art for Peace’ presented by Opera in Reach, raising over $12,500 for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
March 25th - information table and fundraising collection at Zeellia fundraising concert for Ukraine (live and virtual audience).
April 3rd - A speaker, display & information table, and orchestra performance at a fundraising
event held by the Austria Vancouver Club in Richmond.
April 2022 - Dovbush participated in the ‘Love for Ukraine’ segment at Vancouver Fashion Week, highlighting the beauty of Ukrainian culture and clothing as well as the devastation in Ukraine. Opening night of Fashion Week.
April 28th - Speaker and orchestra performance at the UBC Forestry Faculty fundraiser for Ukraine.
May 12th - orchestra performance at UBC Robson Square for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association event about Russia’s invasion and its impact on civil society
May 28th - orchestra performance and speaker at the Estonian Church fundraising event accompanying the vocal trio Svoboda.
May 29th - dancers performed at B.C. Polish Festival with fundraising for Ukraine
June 3rd & 4th - provided costumes and Ukrainian artifacts for the Ukrainian tent at the Bridge Festival at. Ambleside Park event (North Vancouver).
June 3rd & 4th - VFO; Dovbush School performance at Bridge Festival in support of Ukraine.
June 4th - performance and speaker about events in Ukraine at the Vancouver Day of Music, Orpheum stage.
June 23rd - orchestra performance at the Unitarian Church in new Westminster in support of Maple Hope Foundation.
June 26th - VFO performance at McLean Park raising funds for Ukraine.
July 10th - VFO performance at ‘the Art of music’ in Port Moody raising funds for Ukraine.
October 2022 - Dovbush again participated in Vancouver Fashion Week helping bring Ukraine’s struggle to the forefront once again. Members interviewed for a report on fashion week, highlighting our support for Ukraine.
Oct 10th 2022 – VFO performed at a fundraiser for Ukraine at Floata Restaurant – a local Chinese Restaurant.
November 26th - ‘Rockin for Baba’ humanitarian aid for Ukraine fundraiser. Vocal performance and speaker. Held at the Odd Fellows Hall.
November, following the Heart of the City concert - interview with Shaw Cable with focus on AUUC participation in the Heart of the City Festival as well as the need to support Ukraine
● Dovbush and the AUUC were also invited to participate in two large fundraising events - a concert by Vasyl Popdiuk and a Big Band event that we took a major part in organizing - both of which were canceled due to lack of ticket sales, and partner groups withdrawing.
April 2023 - Dovbush participated for a 3rd time in Vancouver Fashion Week highlighting Ukrainian Culture and promoting support for aid to Ukraine.
May/June 2023 - AUUC Vancouver was a community partner with The Cultch Theatre for their production of "First Metis Man of Odesa," promoting the production and providing musicians for their Opening Gala.
June 2023 – the AUUC’s Vancouver Folk Orchestra debuted, at the request of the composer, Susanne de Montignys, a new orchestral piece which she created as a result of the war in Ukraine. The two performances of this piece elicited media coverage helping to keep the plight of Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in the public spotlight.

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