Ambulances For Ukraine Send-off
More help for the Ukraine, organised by Marine Travel Company boss Dave Thompson, is set to leave from the club on Tuesday next August 9th. Two trips with vital supplies for people in the war torn country have already been made with donations from Club members and supporters as well as from the East Kent community and England football fans. The latest project was to raise funds for the purchase three reconditioned ambulances and drive them to the Polish border for delivery to the Ukraine. The vehicles, together with medical supplies, will leave the club on Tuesday evening, August 9th between 6pm and 8pm. Come and join the send-off party prior to the club AGM.
The ambulances have been acquired with great help from Marine Travel, Dynamix, Canterbury Rugby Club, Focus, Canterbury Mariners Walking Football Club, 7r Group and The Red Lion Cribbage and Pot Boys Guild, Further funding has been promised which will be used this to get the vehicles to Poland, feed the drivers and find them somewhere to sleep en-route. To celebrate the Ambulances departure for Poland there will be a small departure party with the chance to mingle and chat to those that have made this project possible and of course to our drivers. We hope to invite some of our local Ukrainian community to join the party and also Anatoly Yurkov who has been given special permission to leave Ukraine to fly to the UK and drive one of the Ambulances back to Poland and into Ukraine. Anatoly has been instrumental in organising transport in the early days of the invasion, to get people out Kyiv and Odessa and to relative safety, helping many across the Polish border and then taking aid from Poland to Ukraine. It is highly dangerous work and his team have suffered losses whilst delivering aid within Ukraine, but nevertheless continue their work.
Further donations will be welcome and can be made at: