Furthermore, Rotaract Europe decided to establish a fundraiser and to support a non-Rotary association to help quickly and efficiently.
Luckily, due to certain work acquaintances, we came across Andrey Krasnov, who is one of 1.200 members of the citizens’ initiative “GoodWill”. Thanks to his hands-on participation at GoodWill, he received a lot of information from medical staff about what was needed concerning medicine or equipment. Therefore, he informed us that defibrillators were urgently required in certain areas in Ukraine – so we stepped in and did something. We generated the first fundraising in Rotaract Europe’s history. With the help of Rotary/Rotaract Clubs and private donors, we reached our goal of EUR 15.000 within the first month. Yet, money and contacts in Ukraine were not enough: we needed support in terms of purchasing this special medical equipment. Thanks to Dr. Peter Neuner (D1920), a dedicated Rotarian who managed to negotiate on our behalf, we could obtain 15 Defibrillators for our fundraised money.
And yet again, it was not enough. We needed to deliver the goods to their final destination in Kyiv. So, again we made use of our Rotarian network, and with the support of Rotary Club Leoben (D1910), we transported our precious defibrillators to Lviv. From there on, our dear Rotaract friend Yuliya Bitner from Rotaract Club Lviv International took over and ensured that they were handed over to the members of GoodWill.