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Local businesses donate thousands to Kelowna Ukrainian military support group

Gordon Blair, owner of Blair Sportswear, stands with organizer Denys Storozhuk of Kelowna Stands with Ukraine.
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Kelowna businesses are banding together to support a volunteer organization supplying Ukrainian soldiers with military and medical equipment.

Kelowna Stands with Ukraine was formed through a Facebook group shortly after Russia invaded the country in February. Organizer Denys Storozhuk, who is from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, said more than $260,000 has been raised so far to purchase military equipment for troops, like helmets, radios and bullet-proof vests, and medical supplies.

Gord Blair, owner of Blair Sportswear, an embroidery company in the city, recently donated several thousands of dollars worth of attire embroidered with the “Kelowna Stands with Ukraine” logo to help with the group's fundraising campaigns.

Home Depot is donating just under $10,000 worth of knee pads for Ukrainian soldiers, Storozhuk said.

Big White Ski Resort has also been selling snowball pompom toques. All proceeds of the blue and yellow “Stand with Ukraine” toques as well as a generous donation from an on-mountain business have raised $8,302.80.

The funds will be presented May 6, to the Kelowna Stands with Ukraine group.

Kelowna Stands with Ukraine is also hoping to host an event called Ukrainian Day in the Park on May 21, at Waterfront Park but permits are still being finalized, Storozhuk said.

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