Three Ukraine fundraisers happening around Greater Victoria on Saturday

Three Ukraine fundraisers happening around Greater Victoria on Saturday

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stretches on, organizations across Canada are stepping up to help those who need it most.

That includes a number of businesses across Vancouver Island.

On Saturday, March 19, a series of fundraisers are being held in Victoria in an effort to raise funds to support Ukraine during this time of need.

Below, find a list of these fundraisers that are offering a helping hand, and the details of how you can take part.

Local Helping Locals from Abroad — Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress

Well-known business owner and philanthropist Gordy Dodd will be accepting donations of soap, socks, shampoo, sleeping bags and more at Dodd’s Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River until April 3.

This Saturday, Gordy himself will be high atop Dodd’s Victoria at 715 Finlayson Street in a Sunbelt Rentals scissor-lift to kick off the campaign.

The goal is to fill a shipping container full of donated items that will be sent to Compassionate Resource Warehouse and the people of Ukraine, in partnership with the Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society of Vancouver Island, Soap for Hope and HerWork.

“The Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Society has become a beacon of hope. A place that we can all rally around as neighbours, family or just as humanitarians to give and help,” said Love Dodd.

Contact Dodd’s Furniture for more info on how to donate.

Discounted Dog Training with Proceeds to Ukraine

Darcie Jennings, who is Ukrainian, is holding a fundraiser until end of day Sunday, March 20, offering discounted dog training courses through CommuniCanine.

Online courses are just $49 and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Save Pets of U kraine.

Her goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the week. Find more information here.

Stand With Ukraine benefit concert in Sidney

Boondocks Bar & Grill on 9819 Fifth St. in Sidney will be hosting a Stand With Ukraine benefit concert from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

The all-day benefit concert will feature live performances by The Distractions, Carla Olive, Lust Life, Mike Dalla-Vee, Paradise Street Duo, Helen & Al, and Truman Mason. There will also be a special Ukrainian dance performance by Veselka Dancers as well as a raffle and prizes.

The concert is aiming to raise $10,000 for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), which will use the funds to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

Entry is by donation.

For a full list of performers and performance times visit or click here.

Know of a fundraiser for Ukraine that isn’t on the list? Email it to [email protected].


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