The Irish Red Cross has recognized the “generosity” of the Irish public as over €40 million has been raised for the Ukraine crisis and over €1 million for the people of Creeslough in Donegal.
Since February this year, a total of €42 million in public and corporate donations has been raised for the war-torn country.
€1.6million was raised for the community of Creeslough after an explosion at a local petrol station in October that killed ten people and hospitalized eight.
10,000 Ukrainians were also accommodated in Irish homes, including 6,200 in accommodation promised by the Red Cross government.
The charity said it was an “extraordinary achievement and commitment” by the people of Ireland that it has housed 68,000 people from Ukraine and over 14,000 asylum seekers.
So far this year the Irish Red Cross has spent €1 million on a range of services and support for Ukrainian migrants in Ireland.
The organization has provided meet, greet and transport services at airports and ferry ports, psychosocial first aid, information and vouchers to address immediate clothing, footwear, hygiene and food needs.
It is also estimated that the Icharity received an additional €500,000 worth of in-kind contributions from the Irish public and large businesses, which the organization took and distributed directly to Ukrainian arrivals through its volunteer network channels.
The charity has allocated a further €3 million budget to expand and extend the above supports for the next 12 months.
To date, 6,200 Ukrainians have found homes through the Irish Red Cross and government-approved placement procedures, and a further 4,000 have been placed through informal and ad hoc channels.
Secretary-General Liam O’Dwyer said the “devastating reality” is that the needs of the people of Ukraine and those affected by the conflict are “ongoing and constant”.
“The Irish public’s response to the Ukraine crisis has been so generous and there has been an incredible amount of support so far,” he said.
“It is clear that people just want to do as much as humanly possible to help the people of Ukraine and those affected by this conflict.
“At the Irish Red Cross we have worked with our volunteer network and national and international partners to channel resources to meet the needs of displaced people in Ukraine, neighboring countries and other affected countries such as Ireland and we will continue to do so.
“We are very fortunate that the Irish Red Cross has a large volunteer organization spread across all counties in Ireland and they have taken action providing urgent humanitarian assistance where it is needed.
“This is a team effort in collaboration with so many other organizations and individuals from all sectors of Irish society who are providing assistance to help the refugees here and ensure they are as welcome and as comfortable as possible.”
Since the Creeslough tragedy, the charity has raised €1.6million through a national public appeal in partnership with An Post and Applegreen.
So far, €420,000 from this fund has been distributed through local Irish Red Cross volunteers.
The charity has twice met the community at public meetings where it has received feedback and suggestions on how to use the fund.
Irish Red Cross members and staff have been a constant presence in the community, liaising with local leaders, various families who have injured members and the families who have been tragically betrayed.
People who lost income or were affected by the incident have been given assistance to pay household bills and replace items if they are not covered by insurance.
On-site volunteers also provided ongoing psychological first aid and empathetic listening.
https://www.independent.ie/news/irish-red-cross-notes-generosity-of-irish-public-as-millions-raised-for-ukraine-and-people-of-creeslough-42243848.html The Irish Red Cross notes the ‘generosity’ of the Irish public as millions have been raised for Ukraine and the people of Creeslough