It is hard to imagine the distress and hardship that has befallen Ukrainians since the Russian onslaught began. Several thousand have fled into neighbouring countries, many of whom have sought refuge in the UK, including in Leeds, Bradford, and surrounding towns.
Local authorities have launched initiatives to help the refugees with each of the five districts in West Yorkshire having their own dedicated teams assigned to provide as much assistance as they can to those affected. Many charities are involved in either providing aid to Ukraine, or in raising funds to purchase medical equipment and essential supplies. At the same time hundreds of families are hosting refugees all over the UK.
Wakefield at the forefront
The Rotary movement is heavily involved in these efforts via their Ukrainian response fund, and the Rotary Club of Wakefield is amongst those at the forefront. Over the years the club has raised thousands of pounds to assist those in need by fundraising through street collections, concerts, dinners and prominent speakers.
The club’s latest initiative features near the top of the fundraising events by working with the Theatre Royal Wakefield to host a thrilling variety show on 22 September. Featuring the Orlyk Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and supporting entertainment, this is one of many contributions to the Ukrainian Help Fund.
Coming together for a worthy cause
Orlyk will provide a spectacular display of dancing, music and song reflecting the many different regions of its vast country. The magician extraordinaire, John Danbury, will act as host with his wealth of worldwide experience performing at corporate functions, weddings, on stage and on cruise liners. Jamie Forth, a singer and percussionist who has regularly joined Jane McDonald on her tours and stage shows, is performing his own ‘swing show’ with classic tunes to get your feet tapping.
Peter Gallivan, president of the Rotary Club of Wakefield, said:
“This will be a great opportunity for local residents to not only have an enjoyable evening but also to support such a worthy cause.”