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UPDATE Redemptorist Limerick Ukraine Appeal raises €350,000 in just two weeks

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Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal aims to help the refugees fleeing the conflict.

UPDATE Redemptorist Limerick Ukraine Appeal raises €350,000 in just two weeks

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

kids in the Ivano-Frankisvk monastery

Kids in the Ivano-Frankisvk monastery

There has been a huge outpour of generous donations to The Redemptorists Limerick Ukraine appeal, which has now raised almost €350,000 in just two weeks.

Of the intended €50,000 goal, €15,000 was raised in 24 hours. The fast response of the public sparked a hope in Fr Seamus Enright that the Redemptorists could send as much as €400,000 to their counterparts in Ukraine.

The Redemptorists have a strong presence in Ukraine in places such as Lviv and Tschernihiv as well as near the Polish and Belarusian borders.

The Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal aims to offer shelter, food, and medical support to those travelling away from conflict and towards border areas.

So far, 50 tonnes of medical supplies have been delivered to five different regions of Ukraine.

One of the recipients of the Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal is a Redemptorist monastery in Ivano-Frankisvk, which has become a home for orphans. The monastery is currently looking after 40 children fleeing from two different orphanages.

Another recipient of the appeal is a monastery in Kharkiv which is currently being used to house refugees. An electricity generator costing €15,000 was sent by the Limerick Redemptorists, a vital piece of equipment as there is no longer a regular efficient supply of energy in many parts of Ukraine.

The Kharkiv monastery bakery is working around the clock to bake bread for children, refugees and local people who find themselves seeking shelter there.

Donations to the Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal are still being gladly accepted and can be sent by post, made out to FR Seamus Enright CSsR, Mount St Alphonsus, South Circular Road, Limerick V94 F867, or online HERE

Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal to aid refugees fleeing conflict in their country (2/3/2022)

By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru

Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal

Fr Seamus Enright of the Limerick Redemptorist’s has organised the appeal.

Limerick Redemptorist Church has organised an appeal for Ukraine to aid refugees fleeing conflict in their country.

The Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal aims to offer shelter, food and medical support to those travelling away from the conflict and towards border areas.

Limerick Redemptorist Church took to Facebook to express their sadness and urgency to act fast and help the people of Ukraine saying, “The Irish Redemptorists like so many other citizens and groups are deeply perplexed and saddened by the unfolding tragedy being inflicted on the Ukrainian population as Ukraine courageously defends itself from an inexplicable war unleashed by Russia.”

The Redemptorists in Tschernihiv in the north of Ukraine and Berdyansk, in the east of Ukraine, and Lviv as well in several locations close the Polish border, are offering shelter, food and medical help to the refugees; however, they are running short of supplies as the number of civilians fleeing the country are rising every day.

The Redemptorists across Poland have also established a humanitarian corridor to help the refugees of Ukraine by delivering emergency essential supplies and funds. The Redemptorist Provincial in Poland is welcoming refugees, helping them find shelter, food, medical care, and integrated support. The Redemptorist in Slovakia are also housing fleeing refugees crossing the border to Slovakia in their monastery in Kostlna.

So far, 500,000 civilians have fled Ukraine, the majority being women, children, and the elderly. UNHCR has estimated that the number of refugees may rise to 4 million if the conflict in Ukraine escalates further. The Redemptorists across Ukraine and the surrounding areas of the Ukrainian border are appealing for financial aid as the numbers of fleeing refugees are increasing daily. Limerick Redemptorist are urging the people of Limerick to donate to Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal, which will be used to stock up essentials for the refugees fleeing Ukraine.

There will be a special collection at all the Masses this coming weekend in the Limerick Redemptorist church. 

To donate to the Limerick Redemptorist Ukraine appeal, credit card payments can be made over the phone or at redemptoristlimerick.ie. Cheques can also be made payable to the Redemptorists Limerick postal address: FR Seamus Enright CSsR, Mount St Alphonsus, South Circular Road, Limerick V94 F867.

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