Hundreds turn out to stand with Ukraine at BU march and City Hall rally

March 10, 2022

One of Brandon’s largest marches and rallies started at Brandon University on Saturday, March 5, with an estimated 400 people showing their support for Ukraine with flags, signs, and emotional speeches.

Starting at the Brandon University campus, marchers proceeded down 18th Street and Victoria Avenue to Brandon City Hall, with the crowds of people closing two lines of traffic and stretching for multiple blocks.

Led by a massive blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag, marchers shouted Ukrainian slogans and waved signs while drivers honked their support.

At City Hall, Brandon University’s President was among those who spoke to the assembled crowd. Saying that the University was proud to stand up for truth and democracy, David Docherty said that BU would be ready to house refugees in residence and would sponsor Ukrainian students.

Other speeches told of the dire need for medical and humanitarian support, while also pushing politicians for additional military aid. Due to the costs, delays, and complexities of shipping, financial donations are preferred. Here are some ways you can help locally.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Additional photos from Tryzub:

How to help:

Financial donations are preferred, as volunteers can use the support purchase the most urgently needed items not only in Canada, but from any other country in the world.

While donations through the Red Cross or other NGOs are appreciated, they may not be able to help immediately.

Local Ukrainian group Tryzub, which helped organize the march, is accepting e-transfers using the email address mprystaiko@gmail.com or tryzubukraine@gmail.com. Please use answer Ukraine.

Donations are also being accepted through the Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, which is able to provide a tax receipt for your donation. They accept e-transfers to finances@stvo.ca and ask for Ukraine as the password, with “Support Ukraine” in the memo field.

To donate by cheque, please make it payable to “St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church” and specify “Ukraine” in the memo. Mail or deliver to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, c/o Fr. Y. Strukhlyak, at 927 Assiniboine Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0G7.

 

For more information, please contact:

Rob Henderson
Marketing Communications Officer
204.727.9762
HendersonR@BrandonU.ca

Grant Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
204.571.8542
HamiltonG@BrandonU.ca

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