The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is donating $250,000 to their nurse colleagues in Ukraine.
President Tracy Zambory said the union decided to donate the cash after national conversations with the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and their international counterpart, the International Council of Nurses.
“We knew that we needed to help out and we need to do it in a big way,” she said.
Zambory said there is an urgent need for nursing resources in Ukraine as Russian bombardments increasingly hit cities and civilian centres, and even hospitals.
The exact details of how the money will be used are still being determined.
“I think right now they’re just getting their feet on the ground and talking to the association in Ukraine to figure out exactly what is happening,” she said of how the cash will be dispersed.
She noted that more than 13 per cent of Saskatchewan people have roots in Ukraine and that a number of nurses she knows have family there that they worry for.
“The money is really needed on the ground. It’s needed in the cities that are under the worst siege right now.”
She said SUN has a budget for international donations it uses every year. She said in this case, SUN’s board of directors voted to make the donation, which will go over their allotted budget for the year.
“Nurses, like always, are running toward the problem instead of away from it,” she said.
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