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'Stand with Ukraine’ | Rotary Club of Beaumont surpasses fundraising goal for Ukraine

In March, the non-profit raised $50,000 to give to a sister chapter in Ukraine.

BEAUMONT, Texas — 'Stand with Ukraine’ is a fundraising initiative that the Rotary Club of Beaumont started this past spring.

Now, the organization is pushing harder than ever to help the war-torn country.

It's left many wondering how they can help, including the members of the Beaumont Rotary Club.  

In March, the non-profit raised $50,000 to give to a sister chapter in Ukraine.

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"The Rotary Club of Lviv is helping refugees from the war-torn areas of Ukraine fleeing to safer lands, and we joined arm-in-arm with the Rotary Club of Lviv in that effort," said Brad Brown, former Beaumont Rotary Club president.

Lviv is the largest city in western Ukraine, and that's where the donations are going.

Petro Chen with the Rotary Club of Lviv-International spoke Wednesday with the Beaumont Rotarians over zoom, saying thank you for all their support.

Since March, the Beaumont Rotarians have been busy collecting more cash donations with one goal in mind.

"The second donation from the Beaumont chapter is part of a joint effort with a club in Switzerland that will be used to purchase a used fire truck," said member Uliana Trylowsky.

Trylowsky was instrumental in connecting the two international clubs and spearheading the fundraising efforts.

"Right now, they're actually paying the invoice on the firetruck and getting this firetruck to the Lviv region to help with the effort as well," Trylowsky said.

For Trylowsky, this is a personal mission. She is from Ukraine and believes in the mission of Lviv Rotary Club.

"They have a good network so it's not all staying in Lviv, they are transporting some of the products throughout the country to where it's needed. The firetruck will be in the Lviv region."

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Beaumont or to donate to their ongoing projects, visit their website.

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