Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore brought forward a motion for the the city to donate $1 per resident to the the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
“On a serious note, Nelson brought up that they are challenging all Kootenay communities to make a donation to the Ukraine,” said Moore. “The thing is the Federal Government is matching donations until March 18.”
According to the 2021 Census figures there are currently 4,140 residents of Rossland. The motion to send $4,140 to the Red Cross was endorsed by the majority of Council.
Council also encouraged residents of Rossland to follow suit with possible donations to the Red Cross that support’s Ukraine. For those interested, donations can be made at this secure link: https://donate.redcross.ca.
The federal government is matching Canadians’ donations to the Red Cross in aid of Ukraine, up to a maximum of $30 million – which applies to all donations under $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal made between Feb. 24 and March 18.
The money raised will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs, as well as preparedness and response efforts due to heightened tensions in Ukraine.
The support could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced.
Personal donations for Ukraine can be done through the Red Cross directly, or at the local BC liquor store.
Another great initiative is through Rossland Rotary to fund the purchase of a Shelter Box. Earlier this month, Rotary raised funds for two shelter boxes, which provide shelter and tools to aid Ukraine residents directly impacted by the Russian invasion. See https://www.shelterboxcanada.org/the-ukraine-crisis-explained/.