Fundraising event for Ukraine returns to Salvation Army café

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JERSEY’S Salvation Army are due to hold an evening dinner next month to raise money for those displaced by Russia’s ongoing occupation of Ukraine.

A selection of traditional Ukrainian dishes – including chicken ‘Kyiv’ style, ‘Borscht’ beetroot soup and ‘Olivye’ salad (Ukrainian potato salad) – will be served up at the charity’s community centre on Minden Street.

Tickets for the event, which is expected to take place on 20 June, cost £10 per person, with all money donated to the charity’s International Ukrainian Appeal.

Set up last year following the war’s outbreak last February, the appeal supports those in Ukraine affected by war. At border crossings, the charity helps those fleeing by providing temporary accommodation, hot meals and emotional support.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Ukraine since 1993.

Emily Smith, community centre manager for the charity, said: ‘By coming together and sharing an evening of traditional food, we hope we will be able to raise much-needed funds for those left behind in Ukraine and raise awareness about the current situation in the country’.

Gilly Challinor (JOA) and Emily Smith (Salvation Army) during Ukraine Week last year. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35887696)

Hoping for similar success for this year’s event, she added: ‘Last year, we organised a live music evening to raise money for the Ukraine corps and it was a fantastic event raising more than £1,000.’

Ms Smith is due to visit Warsaw, Poland, at the end of June to work with the charity’s corps, supporting Ukrainians who have fled their country after the Russian invasion.

She will be supporting a women-only group, helping teach English and distributing vital food and drink.

Doors will open at 6pm for the event, with food served from 6.30pm. Tickets must be purchased online before the event.

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