United Ukrainians WA was formed by a group of passionate Ukrainian Australians who felt the urgent need to rally together, to bring awareness, to raise funds, and to assist recently arrived Ukrainians, after the harrowing news on the 24th of February, that Russia had declared war on our beloved Ukraine.
Started as the ‘Stop War in Ukraine Coordination Group’, we have gone from strength to strength, beginning with daily peaceful protests outside Wesley Church in the CBD, the ‘Stop War in Ukraine’ rally held on the 5th of March at the Supreme Court Gardens, which drew a crowd of more than 500 people, continuing with further rallies at Forrest Place, Yagan Square, and almost weekly rallies on Matagarup Bridge, which have also served as fundraisers.
Furthermore, we have been very active with regular fundraising through selling bracelets, pens, baked goods, food, and simply asking for donations at various events, concerts, markets, and bakeries, just to name a few. We are proud of the hard work that has gone into raising funds that have been distributed to many organisations on the ground in Ukraine.
We are also proud of the connections, the support and the relationships that we have forged with State and Federal Senators and Members of Parliament, and we are honoured to have formed a good relationship with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Vasyl Myroshnychenko, during his recent visits to Western Australia.
Moving forward, the aims of our organisation are as follows:
To support and promote Ukrainian culture in WA
To provide ongoing support for the Ukrainian community in WA
To assist with successful social and economic integration of the newly arrived migrants, including those currently fleeing the war in Ukraine
To support Ukraine and her people in building a democratic, modern, strong, and prosperous country through various initiatives such as fundraising, consultations by experts in the key areas of development, experience exchange, interstate and international collaboration with other similar organisations.
In order to achieve these aims, we are inviting anyone with a love for Ukraine to become a member. The membership fee is $20 per person ($5 for new arrivilas) per year, which will cover the costs of public liability insurance, the hiring of venues and equipment for future events, purchasing items to assist with fundraising.
We are looking forward to working alongside, and in cooperation with already established Ukrainian organisations in Western Australia, as well as with the wider Ukrainian community of Western Australia. We are all United Ukrainians.