Angry Birds and Picton Rotarians working together in support of Ukraine

SUPPORT UKRAINE Angry Birds restaurant in Picton is donating 100 per cent of sales to the Picton Rotary Club who will disperse the funds to help support Ukrainian refugees in this current humanitarian crisis. Pictured beside Angry Birds (left) Picton Rotary past president Bob Bird, Angry Birds employee Lyndon Johnson, Debra Jeanes Angry Birds business partner and Picton Rotarian member Andy Janikowski. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

DESIRÉE DECOSTE

STAFF WRITER

Picton’s Angry Birds restaurant owner Michael Hymus and business partner Debra Jeanes are major community supporters and are at it again, this time for the support of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Angry Birds approached their food suppliers and received enthusiastic support in the form of greatly reduced food supply costs so the restaurant can generously support the people of Ukraine.

For one week commencing Monday, March 14, Jeanes and Hymus will be giving 100 per cent of all Angry Bird sales including taxes, to the Picton Rotary Club who will then disperse the funds to help support Ukrainian refugees during the current humanitarian crisis.

“This is a great opportunity to support Ukrainians in one of their darkest hours and credit goes to Micheal and the team at Angry Birds once again for being so thoughtful,” Picton Rotarian Bob Bird said. “When there’s a local need, Micheal is there and now, with an international humanitarian crisis, he’s stepping up once again and the Rotary Club is honoured to play its part in all this.”

This money will be used for two initiatives:

  • Providing funds for an organization called ShelterBox Canada. They provide ready-to-assemble structures for families with no place to sleep. This organization is currently on the ground in Eastern Europe providing shelter and emergency packages for those displaced in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries. Emergency aid packages include things within the tent structure like blankets, solar lights, mats, warm clothes, cooking stoves, water purification systems and other locally sourced items. They will assess the needs and deliver as many Shelter Boxes to appropriate sites as possible. Each Box is valued at $1200 CDN.
  • Providing funds for Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC). The mandate of this group is to provide access to medicines in vulnerable communities that have been affected by some kind of crisis, conflict or natural disaster. They recognize the urgent need in Ukraine for immediate medical relief. Last week they mobilized their first shipment of medicines to Poland and will continue to send medical aid with healthcare professionals who are part of medical mission teams. They plan on sending 400 humanitarian medical kits of medicines and health care necessities. While each kit is valued at $6,000 CDN the cost to Rotary is only $600 CDN for each.

Hymus and the Rotary Club of Picton encourage you to join in by donating on-line using the address pictonrotary@gmail.com. In the subject line please note ‘Ukraine support’.

For more information about ShelterBox please visit https://www.shelterboxcanada.org/

For more information about HPIC please visit https://hpicanada.ca/