Sir Rod Stewart says he is using his “power” as a knight to help others, after renting a house to a family of seven Ukrainian refugees.
The singer said he usually keeps “all my philanthropic endeavors nice and quiet,” but hopes that by going public with his actions, they can also inspire helping others.
Sir Rod has supported Ukrainian couple Rostylsav and Olena and their five children, paying rent and bills for the Berkshire estate for at least a year, according to The Mirror.
The family arrived in the UK, speaking no English, and were “lovely… polite” and “all very grateful”, said Sir Rod.
“It just makes me want to do more. I’m thinking of buying another house and attracting more people,” he told The Mirror.
“I usually keep all my philanthropic endeavors nice and quiet and just do it. But I thought, ‘I’m a knight, I’ve been knighted for the things I’ve accomplished in my life and the charitable work I’ve done over the years.’
“But that is the past; I want to be seen to do something right now. I’m a knight, I should use my power to do something for everyone.
“I’m sure if there were people out there seeing what I was doing, they would get some slack as well.”
According to The Mirror, Sir Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster were inspired to take action after witnessing the unfolding events of the ongoing war in Ukraine on the news.
I usually keep all my philanthropic endeavors nice and quiet and just do it. But I thought, ‘I’m a knight, I’ve been knighted for the things I’ve accomplished in my life and the charity work I’ve done over the years’Sir Rod Stewart
The singer also rented three trucks full of supplies for the refugees and took them to Ukraine, before using the same trucks to ferry 16 people safely back to Berlin.
He was then contacted by Rostyslav and his family, as well as others he had assigned work to since.
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Next month will see Sir Rod start a string of UK arena days, playing in Nottingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast, London, Birmingham and Manchester.
He told The Mirror he plans to tackle the conflict in Ukraine as part of a tour, dedicating performances to the country and its people.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/sir-rod-stewart-rents-home-for-family-of-seven-ukrainian-refugees-42074635.html Sir Rod Stewart rented a house to the family of seven Ukrainian refugees