For those who want to send goods to orphans, schools, ATO or family in Ukraine - here is how you can do it.
Iryna Krasulak has been providing a service for 25 or more years and recently was awarded an award in Ukraine called the Woman 3 of the Millenium (Жінка 3 Тисячоліття)
This is an award given by the Ukrainian Government for women who have worked for Ukrainian organisations - something like our Governor General Awards in Australia - OA, OA etc.
(there is a story of Iryna attached in Ukrainian )
Closing dates for Perth must be around middle of September as we need to get goods from here to Melbourne - (if you can provide some assistance for the project or want to send goods - please ring 0412 228 056 to discuss.)
The next shipment of goods leaving for Ukraine will be mid October - it needs to be in Melbourne by the end of September so it can be loaded into containers, etc.
Toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap are in great demand and greatly appreciated.
The above items can be bought in bulk (sometimes even at a discounted cost) and as time is of the essence you can make a donation directly to Ukrainian Orphans Relief Foundation (via EFT):
BSB No 704 235
Account No. 0000 1791
Name of Account: Ukrainian Orphans Relief Foundation
In the reference please write: PERTH [your name]
please email the acknowledgement of your EFT payment and whether you wish to be acknowledged publicly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukrainian Orphan Relief Foundation Inc. (Australia)
Next Parcel to Ukraine, container leaving Melbourne, Australia
There will only be two container shipments per year departing
February to arrivie in Ukraine for Easter, October to arrive in Ukraine for Christmas
Melbourne 15 October 2016 Arrange pickup from home before 24 September 2016
Brisbane 29 September 2016
Sydney 29 September 2016
Perth mid September 2016
Melbourne Irena Krasulak Mob: 0411 530 242
Olga Kosiuk Mob: 0420 762 967
Sydney Slava Horshovska Mob: 0414 060 889 Tel: (02) 9727 0419
Brisbane Martha Hupalo Mob: 0402 455 353
Perth Mykola Mowczan Mob: 0412 228 056 Tel: (08) 9375 1704
Clothing, Footwear, Electrical Goods, Gifts and Personal Items, Cookware (unbreakable), Non-Perishable Food e.g. Rice etc
Contraband Items (items will be confiscated) - Prescription Drugs, Mobile Telephones and Money.
Cardboard Box (Preferred Size) 600 x 440 x 420 (size in mm)
Weight - Minimum 15 kg per box & Maximum 40 Kg per box
Private Pre-Paid Parcels
The Private Parcel Fee Rate $6.50 per kg, with a minimum cost equivalent to 15 kg. (ie $97.50)
All donated goods are distributed free of charge to the ATO, Hospitals, Under Privileged, Orphanages, Schools and other such charitable organisations in Ukraine.
These parcels, are in the main, freight free.
However, it should be noted that the freight charges are quite high and as such it would be appreciated that a reasonable donation could be made.
It would be appreciated that donors of such goods provide suitable boxes, as described in the advertisement, for their goods.
Any profits gained from this operation are utilised in Ukraine for charitable purposes.
No remuneration or commission is paid to any person in the provision of this service whether in Australia or in Ukraine.
Everyone thinks it is a simple, easy and inexpensive operation just to send humanitarian aid parcels to Ukraine.
It is an eye opening experience to see the dedicated, tireless hard work and long thankless hours of collecting the goods, sorting, packing, labelling boxes and the mountains of customs paperwork that has to be completed. This is all before the parcels are transported and loaded into the container.
It takes approximately three months for the container to arrive in Poland before the shipment's customs clearances are made. Then it is transported by road and rail to its destinations across Ukraine.
This is a logistic nightmare, especially given that Irena Krasulak does this in her own spare part-time supported only by a couple of ladies in someone else's backyard garage.
She has done this for the last 25 years and 4 times a year. The cost of each operation is in excess of $10,000.00.
We should take off our hats to Irene and her team of workers. Now, I see why she got the Humanitarian Award in Ukraine.
Irena and her team desperately need assistance both physical and financial to continue their work.
All profits, if any, are utilised for the benefit of the underprivileged in Ukraine.