LEINSTER defender Alex Soroka has raised more than €37,000 for a children’s hospital in Ukraine and is hoping to increase that total when he wins a signed Ireland jersey from the 2018 Grand Slam in this week.
ublin-born Soroka was one of the stars of last year’s Ireland U-20 team, but he is a dual national with family from Kiev, where his brother Ivan was born. The duo played first-team rugby for Clontarf together, with Ivan having had a spell at Connacht before. Some of his family remains in the war-torn country.
Soroka and her family are raising funds for the Okhmadits Children’s Hospital in Ukraine to help those hardest hit by the Russian war in their homeland.
The 21-year-old is running a raffle, with tickets costing €20 and winners to be chosen on Sunday and announced on his Instagram page (@AlexSoroka55). Ireland sponsor Vodafone donated the jersey to his cause.
“I’m Ukrainian and a lot of my friends and family are there,” Soroka said in a statement.
“It means a lot to help them and I’m grateful for all the support so far from my teammates and from the people of Ireland for being behind this and supporting our fundraising efforts. I.”
Last week, the back rower explained why he’s supporting the hospital in an Instagram post.
“They are doing an incredible job taking care of sick and injured children in Ukraine, yet they are under increasing pressure from Russian air strikes and shelling with a The air raid even destroyed part of the hospital.
“The money raised can really help the hospital and your donation can save the life of a vulnerable child.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leinster-rugby/leinsters-ukranian-back-row-soroka-raising-vital-funds-for-childrens-hospital-41455315.html Soroka in the back seat of Leinster raises important funds for the children’s hospital