The Irish Red Cross said those who have promised accommodation will be contacted by next week


The Irish Red Cross has confirmed it will be contacting all households that have pledged shelter to Ukrainian refugees by next week.

Charlie Lamson, head of fundraising at the Irish Red Cross, said the charity hadn’t been able to “get through” to around 3,000 people.

So far, more than 23,000 housing commitments have been made. However, some people have reported that they have not been contacted despite having their properties registered weeks ago.

Mr Lamson said there had been an extraordinary response from the Irish public and the scale of the response had presented challenges.

“In the past, after crises in Syria and Afghanistan, we would have dealt with the order of a few 100 pledges of assistance,” he told RTÉ Today with Claire Byrne Program.

“We’re at 23,000, 24,000 commitments. So there was a huge and rapid adjustment.”

Mr Lamson said the charity has “reached” 5,700 owners of vacant properties, as well as over 7,000 people who have made an offer for shared accommodation.

He acknowledged that given the “complexity” of the process, there had been some “creases along the way.”

Despite the challenges, Mr Lamson said the charity is “confident” in its process, adding that it has “matured” since its inception.

“This is a fluid, challenging situation. So we’re working to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” he said.

“I think at this point we have the resources we need. I have a strong feeling and again it took a bit of time to put this together but in terms of getting to each of these pages and getting people there we are working on it.

“With the partnerships that we have, the processes are in place.”

Mr Lamson said once calls to all those who have pledged accommodation have been completed, site visits will begin – with the intention of matching suitable properties with Ukrainian families.

Meanwhile, Mr Lamson confirmed that over €30m has been raised through the Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal since its inception.

He said most of the money goes to the Ukrainian Red Cross to support the work of its teams “in incredibly difficult situations”.

The funds are also supporting the 4.2 million Ukrainians who have fled to the continent’s neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, the Irish Red Cross is using the money raised to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical treatment. The Irish Red Cross said those who have promised accommodation will be contacted by next week

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