Over 100 gathered outside City Hall in Kelowna Sunday for Ukraine support rally

Large turnout at rally

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Over 100 people gathered outside Kelowna's City Hall Sunday afternoon to show support with Ukraine.

A rally was held just after 2 p.m. that saw many people dressed in Ukraine's yellow and blue.

Signs were held that read 'end the war', 'peace,' and 'stand for Ukraine'.

President of the Ukrainian Cultural Society Peter Bihun says he was pleased to see a large number of people gather.

"This is the second rally and of course, this one is much, much larger. We are just so happy to see so many folks here today supporting Ukraine."

"We are taking donations that will be sent to Ukrainian Canadian Congress and that is going for humanitarian aid because there are now probably more than 100,000 people, possible millions and there is an incredible destruction of property and injury there," he said.

Sunday was Denys Storozhuk's third rally.

Storozhuk was at the first rally in Kelowna Thursday and on Saturday he made the trip to Vancouver for another rally.

"I am really thankful to the Canadian Kelowna community the people that support us. We brought some information to share with the people here where they can donate and if they want to support. Any support is really helpful."

Storozhuk says he remains hopeful.

"I'm praying and I hope that it will stop in a few days I hope that Russia... they are almost out of their resources. Human resources and weapon resources and everything."

If you would like to support the humanitarian aid for Ukraine visit https://www.cufoundation.ca

ORIGINAL: 4 a.m.

Another rally in Kelowna is planned Sunday for anyone who wants to show their support and gather in solidarity with Ukraine.

Organizer Denys Storozhuk said he will be raising money and gathering supplies during the rally to send to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Consulate in Edmonton sent Storozhuk a list of supplies that are currently needed in Ukraine. Storozhuk says people are welcome to bring the following items to Sunday's rally that will be donated to Ukraine:

  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Painkillers
  • Bandages and hemostatic bandages
  • Anti-burn or wound-healing dressings
  • Occlusive dressing
  • Tourniquets
  • Antiseptics
  • Night vision goggles
  • Range-finders
  • Thermal scopes
  • Any tactical gear, including tactical vests, tactical knives, ballistic helmets
  • Non-perishable food
  • Clothes and footwear for men/women/children
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hygiene products (women’s products, diapers, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Bedding
  • Table wear (disposable)
  • First aid and first aid kits
  • Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags
  • Standalone lamps
  • Candles
  • Containers for liquids

Storozhuk says depending on availability, supplies will be sent either by shipping them to the Ukrainian Consulate, who will fly them to Ukraine, or he will ship them to Poland, where volunteers will get them to Ukraine.

The rally is planned to take place outside Kelowna’s city hall at 2 p.m. today.

At the Feb. 24 rally, Storozhuk says people of all nationalities came out to show their support.

“Of course we had a lot of locals supporting it, we had some Russians who were against the war and Georgians, from Georgia,” said Storozhuk.

He said that while the first rally was short notice to the public, there was still a larger than expected turnout, and he hopes Sunday’s rally will be even bigger.

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