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Three ways to support Ukraine from Limerick city and county

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Support Ukraine by donating to these three appeals across Limerick city and county. Drop off point in Mr Kindle at Daly’s Cross pictured above. Picture: Thomas Christopher McMahon

Three ways to support Ukraine from Limerick city and county

By Daniel Ryan

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“If we can just do one good thing for these people, it will mean so much to someone somewhere,” says wood merchant and Mr Kindle owner, Thomas Christopher McMahon.

Organisations in Limerick are hosting drop-off points and charity events for Ukraine, as the nation enters its third week of Russian invasion. Whether it is nappies, clothes, or non-perishable food, Limerick people are donating in their thousands to help Ukrainians in need. 

Mr Kindle, Daly’s Cross drop-off point  

Wood merchant Mr Kindle at Daly’s Cross, County Limerick is holding a drop off point in his yard. Donations of clothes, non-perishable food, medical supplies, women’s hygiene products, baby powder and other items suitable for transport are welcome. Items donated to Mr Kindle will be transported to Poland on a weekly basis.

Limerick people have already donated more than 100 boxes of supplies to Mr Kindle, but the urgency of the situation demands continued support. Owner Thomas Christopher McMahon recalls one touching experience in the past week, saying, “A middle-aged man handed us in stuff he purchased himself. He brought in nappies, toothbrushes, baby wipes and at the end of the bag there were two little packets of Playdough for kids. It was really heart-warming to see.”

Mr McMahon urges the Limerick people to help as much as possible: “If we can just do one good thing for these people, it will mean so much to someone somewhere.”

Those who would like to donate but cannot travel should contact Mr McMahon on 085 250 6494.

Active Life, Ballysimon Road drop-off point

Active Life Sport, Eastpoint Business Park are collecting donations on behalf of the Polish Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC).

Donations of any of the following are welcome at Active Life’s Ballysimon Road drop-off point: medical supplies, personal care products, batteries, power bank, flashlights, sleeping bags, blankets, and walkie-talkies.

The service is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Items donated will be transported to Poland before reaching their final destination in Ukraine.

Isabela Pancer, a nearby Brú Na Gruadán resident who collected for GOCC says that the support from Limerick communities has been amazing. 

“There have been letters from Irish kids written in English for Ukrainian kids who will be getting the toys they sent. It is absolutely heart-breaking.”

ULFM 12-hour broadcast for Ukraine

The University of Limerick’s official radio station, ULFM, will host a 12-hour broadcast on March 24 to support Ukraine.

Donation boxes will be located on the UL campus by the Student Courtyard, ULFM radio studio and Student Life centre. 

A GoFundMe page is also planned, to be established in the days leading up to the event.

The day-long broadcast will include live music from the UL Music Society and interviews with people from Eastern Europe.

Station manager Conor MacLeod encourages UL students to participate. 

“Even if you’re not a member, feel free to join in and help out in whatever way you can. It takes a lot of hands-on-deck to get the show going, and it’s for a worthwhile cause.”

People can listen to ULFM now or on the day HERE

 

 For more stories on the Ukraine crisis, go HERE

To donate to the UNICEF Children’s Fund for Ukraine, go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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