Langford Reaches $50,000 Goal to Help Ukraine
In a matter of weeks, a grass-roots initiative in Langford has reached its goal of raising $50,000 to help people escaping war in Ukraine.
After an event of music and food last weekend at the Langford legion, the newly formed Langford Supports Ukraine committee met its lofty financial goal.
“People have graciously opened their wallets to support this cause and we’re grateful to them,” said committee chair Shannon Russell Willing.
She said the committee will now focus on providing supports to Ukrainian people seeking refuge in the community.
The City of Langford has set up a job bank where residents and newcomers can search for employment. In addition, a few local housing options have been provided to help create a safe landing place, but more needs to be done, said Willing.
“We recognize finding housing is difficult for everyone in this current climate, but we’re asking residents to think about sharing their home with a Ukrainian refugee, even for just a few months.”
The committee, made up of Willing, Langford Fire Chief Chris Aubrey, Shirley Ackland and Donna Petrie, the city’s manager of business development, are committed to creating a “Langford-based process” to welcome and help integrate refugees when they settle in the city.
“I am so impressed by the generosity and giving nature of our amazing residents and businesses,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “Our community has once again come together for an important cause and is showing the world that we can all make a difference to support the victims of this horrific situation in Ukraine.”
Andriy Fabrikov, Ukrainian Cultural Centre Board member, has been working with the Langford committee to help provide guidance and support.
“We are grateful to the committee and the community for the support they are providing to our Ukrainian friends who have suffered so much and are seeking refuge,” Fabrikov said. “To land in such a beautiful community with this level of welcoming support is a kindness they truly need.”