By: Joint Task Force – Ukraine (JTF-U) Public Affairs
While training and professionalizing the Ukrainian Armed Forces is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) primary purpose on Operation UNIFIER, Joint Task Force – Ukraine (JTF-U) has also made it a priority to connect with the local community. Canadian soldiers recently saw two local charitable organizations in desperate need of support, and were able to help.
CAF members have made numerous visits to volunteer time at the Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre. Individual soldiers also raised funds for the Ukrainian charity OBEC over the past several months. From this, the specific hardships of these two organizations became clear to the members of JTF-U.
On behalf of Dzherelo and OBEC, JTF-U applied for and was granted over $13,000 from Boomer’s Legacy Fund. This money will improve the lives of Ukrainians who are facing difficult times.
“When I learned about Boomer’s Legacy Fund through the chaplaincy, its mandate sounded like a perfect fit for some of the outreach activities we were doing in Ukraine,” said Captain Min Kim, JTF-U Chaplain and lead on the initiative. “The connection we have made with the local community has been extremely beneficial for both sides: being able to help out by donating time or funds has been a great morale boost for task force members.”
Since its establishment in 2006, Boomer’s Legacy has provided funds so that members of the CAF serving on deployments around the world…