The North Newmarket Lions Club partnered with Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) to pack humanitarian medical kits that will be heading to Ukraine with a medical team this week.
Members of the club went to the HPIC distribution centre in Oakville to roll up their sleeves and offer their assistance.
“Over the past several weeks, I have been speaking with fellow Lions in Europe. They tell me that the situation is desperate for the people in Ukraine and the refugees in neighbouring countries. Our club is anxious to assist in packing these medicines that will provide relief for so many people” said Tom Gordon, international director of Lions Club International.
They partnered with HPIC, an organization that aims to bring health and access to medicine in vulnerable communities around the world. They are the only Canadian charity licensed by Health Canada to work with and distribute donated medicine.
“We are grateful for the work done today to prepare these medical kits for departure to Ukraine,” said Lois Brown, president of HPIC. “The assistance of the North Newmarket Lions Club today will make an impact to many of people awaiting medical aid. I am proud of the work that the Lions Club do and their willingness to participate in this important work is an example of their kind hearts.”
Brown, who was the MP for Newmarket-Aurora from 2008 to 2015, is the new president of HPIC.
Over the next few months, HPIC aims to donate 400 kits in response to the crisis in Ukraine. They will be provided to people in Ukraine, as well as in neighbouring refugee camps. To achieve this goal, they need to raise $240,000.
You can donate online by selecting the Ukraine Emergency Response option.