The humanitarian crisis is worsening.
As the world shows its support for Ukraine on day 14 of Russia’s invasion, which has already displaced more than 1.5 million people, Irish people are digging deep to do what they can to help.
New figures from GoFundMe show that over 18,000 donations have been made to more than a hundred campaigns across the country, raising a total of over €1.5 million so far.
Key moments include:
- Nearly €500,000 has been raised by a group of Ukrainian doctors working in the Irish healthcare system. Funds raised by the campaign will go towards assisting Ukrainian hospitals and medical staff in their efforts to heal those wounded and support their families.
- A campaign to support five-year-old Leonid has raised over €65,000. Leonid was due to receive a bone marrow transplant treatment in Kyiv last week in a hospital that has since been bombed. Leonid and his parents have safely arrived in Ireland where funds donated will help him to receive his treatment.
- Three friends have traveled to the Ukrainian border in Poland and are bringing urgently needed food, medicine and supplies. Their campaign has raised close to €30,000.
- A fundraiser has been set up to help Ukrainians with disabilities. So far the campaign has raised over €230,000 to assist those with disabilities to flee and support people who cannot evacuate.
“The response from people across Ireland and around the world to support the people of Ukraine has been extraordinary,” said Tim Cadogan, CEO of GoFundMe.
“GoFundMe’s mission is to help people help each other and that’s why we’re working around the clock to ensure funds get safely, securely, and quickly to where they are needed as people step up to help.”