Today I met many incredible Ukrainian women at the Yard Sale in Kelowna, BC sponsored by 'Kelowna Stands With Ukraine' and headed up by Greg Bertrim. These ladies each had amazing stories unique to them. It was cold outside with the biting wind, but no one seemed to mind because we all were there for a common cause, to help Ukraine in any way we can. Even though I had only met Vlasta, my heart hurt as she shared her stories. She listened intently too as I shared how my son is headed to Ukraine with a group of veteran professional soldiers under the direction of the Ukrainian army in a few days. The connection between us was palpable and tears flowed from both our eyes. Vlasta has been living in Canada for 10 years now. She's connected with a group in Kelowna called 'The Ukrainian Canadian Association'. She and another Ukrainian woman named Yulia were selling authentic Ukrainian heirlooms and crafts at their table to raise money for Ukraine.
Vlasta was so kind to sell me a pysanka (Ukrainian egg) to resell on The Bravery Foundation's ebay account. This egg has a lot of history behind it. In 2014 Vlasta's elderly parents protested in Kyiv Maidan, Nezalezhnosti central square against pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych’s stance on the Donbass. The pysanka was hand crafted in 2014 as a symbol of their protest. The emblem painted on the egg is called a Tryzub (trident), a coat of arms of Ukraine and is symbolic of Ukrainian independence. The Tryzub was banished from use for 70 years by the Soviet Union because the Soviets considered it too nationalistic. Since the days of the Ukrainian People's Republic, the Tryzub has become a symbol for those who fought for Ukraine's independence and now protect it. The egg is hand blown and hand painted. Vlasta also sold me several other valuable Ukrainian keepsake items.
As the Founder of The Bravery Foundation I support democratic freedom. My foundation is auctioning items on ebay to raise money so we can purchase body armour for the brave group of veterans from across the globe dedicated to fighting for the people of Ukraine. We also purchase and ship medical supplies to Ukraine as well as support Ukrainian refugees coming to Canada, in particular those headed to the Okanagan.
As a mother of one of the veterans (he served in the French Foreign Legion for 6 years) going to the frontlines in Ukraine, I'm here to help all of these brave men who are fighting to free Ukrainian civilians. While my son has all of the items he needs to safely go to Ukraine, the same cannot be said of the other brave men going to fight. Many do not have basic bullet proof vests, ear protection or ballistic helmets. Although they are elite ex-military men, they had to return all of their body armour to their respective military organizations when they completed their service with them. They are also paying for their own airline tickets and quitting their jobs to fight for freedom. I believe we all should help these heroes in any way we can!
Please donate to The Bravery Foundation today, 100% of all donations goes to support Ukraine.
We are all in this TOGETHER!
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