CINCINNATI — Community charitable organizations are keeping a Ukrainian food festival Sunday to raise income to mail health care provides to Ukraine.
The celebration is a collaboration in between Hope4Ukraine and Cincy4Ukraine. Organizers anticipate to serve extra than a dozen regular Ukrainian dishes and mentioned every single greenback raised will go immediately to reduction initiatives.
It is happening at the Fleming Road United Chuch of Christ in Springfield Township commencing at noon.
“Everyone is a little bit Ukrainian ideal now,” mentioned Oksana Sergeenkova, just one of the founding members of Hope4Ukraine.
Sergeenkova started out the organization along with Natalia Artemova. When the war started off, the two realized they experienced to do a little something to support. Sergeenkova is from Ukraine and Artemova is from Russia.
“Even though had been considerably much absent from Ukraine, we’re component of it,” Artemova said.
Hope4Ukraine has hosted 10 markets in excess of the final handful of months to elevate cash for relief initiatives. The gals have relief on donated goods and have sent about $5,000 overseas so much, in accordance to Artemova.
“To be a section of restoring the nation, to be aspect is quite important,” Sergeenkova explained. “You can not continue to be absent and just watch how your your earlier, your good friends, all what you experienced prior to [is] slipping apart. You are holding their backs.”
This weekend’s foods pageant is a joint work with Cincy4Ukraine, a local corporation that has labored to elevate dollars to guidance Ukraine’s navy.
Sergii Kharchyk, who operates with the group, mentioned it was “unbelievable” to see volunteers arrive jointly to prepare the foodstuff.
“First day when I arrived here and observed 30 folks working together, it’s difficult to specific that emotion,” he claimed.
Kharchyk is Ukrainian too and nonetheless has friends and loved ones overseas.
“We have to admit that this is not that the scenario where by one particular day of enable is enough, or just one paycheck is plenty of,” he explained.
Both groups agreed the get the job done is considerably from more than.
“This won’t cease following victory,” Sergeenkova explained. “We will need to rebuild the nation. We want to convey lifetime again to Ukraine.”