In the past two months, the Estonian Ecumenical Relief Organization in Canada (EERO) has received an unprecedented number of donations from many different organizations, who have stepped up to assist Ukrainian refugees in Estonia.
Congratulations to the Vancouver Estonian community for raising over $4000 for the EERO Ukrainian Refugee Fund on Sunday, April 10th! A live lecture event was organized jointly by the sorority Korp! Filiae Patriae (K! FP) and the Society for Advancement for Estonian Studies in Canada (SAESC/EKÜK). “Arvo Pärt-Modern Estonian Master” was presented by Thomas Kirves, beloved conductor of the Läänetuul (Western Wind) choir. 45 people attended in person, while other community members participated virtually. Our heartfelt thanks go to Ingrid Soide, Lilian Olljum, Kati Nõmme and Viive Alexander for their hard work. In addition, several generous donations came from Vancouver directly to EERO for which we are very grateful.
Many Estonians have grown up hearing the harrowing stories of parents or grandparents, who arrived in Canada as war refugees after 1944. Some are choosing to donate in their memory. EERO has received in memoriam donations to the EERO Ukrainian Refugee Fund honouring Mare Roomets, Lilli Piil and Irja Mägi.
“One the objectives of ERC (Estonian Relief Committee in Canada) / Ehatare is to provide help where needed in the Estonian community”. ERC is donating $10,000 to the EERO Ukrainian Refugee Fund, to help communities in Estonia cope with the critical needs of Ukrainian refugees fleeing daily from the war.”
In its 55th year, Kotkajärve Metsaülikool or University of the Forest (MÜ), has also committed its support. MÜ has launched a newsletter campaign to encourage all past participants to donate to the EERO Ukrainian Refugee Fund. “ MÜ has received assistance from the Estonian Republic for our summer camps and other cultural programs”, says Maimu Mölder, one of the directors. “Now it’s our turn to support Estonia!”
Thanks to all the individuals and organizations, who continue to fundraise and donate to support Ukrainian refugees in Estonia, EERO will be able to transfer a further $30,000 to Estonia next week. That brings our total to date to over $181,000 or 140,000€. Please visit our website www.EEROcanada.com, for more information or donate via e-transfer email@example.com or by cheque: to EERO Ukrainian Refugees, 17 Tufton Crescent, Toronto, Ont. M4A 2E2 or the EERO page at Canada Helps.
PS. We hope you enjoy: The World We Inherit / Maailm mis jääb meile, the Benefit Concert available on YouTube the evening of Sunday April 24th.