Fundraising on behalf of United Aid and Logistics Foundation
Fundraising on behalf of United Aid and Logistics Foundation
Canadian Eh'd Ops
What's that "aboot"?
This "campaign" is actually a sub-campaign of the Ukraine Aid Ops donor box meaning that all funds donated by you through this page goes directly to Ukraine Aid Ops the same as any other one of our campaigns would.
Some of you will know us. Some will know only me. Some will not be familiar with any of us. Hello the same and welcome to "Cadet Cossack and family" fundraising campaign. If you know us, skip on by the brief "Aboot us" Section below.
Heck buds, if you are sold on why you should donate to these friendly Canadian's campaign already, right on. We are here for it. Just "scooch on by ya" us here and head'er all the way right to the donate button. The extra cool cats might consider setting a recurring payment and not even be "soorry aboot it"
Canadian jokes aside, I am Cindy. I am a Canadian mother of 3 and part of the countries strong Ukrainian Diaspora. I am also part of the Ukraine Aid Ops remote team that is comprised of volunteers from around the world. I have been volunteering since February of last year in some capacity or another, either in Ukraine, in Poland, or remotely. The sky has always held a special importance to me and my family. In fact, my family and I are always watching the sky, and we are very protective of each other. For these reasons, and the reason that drones are the most commonly requested items from the defenders of Ukraine, it was a clear choice for us to link our sub-campaign to the drone campaign. You can read an excerpt from something I wrote while I was in Poland watching the sky in Ukraine. But before that, let me tell you a little bit about Paxton
Since 2021, if you asked my 9 year old son who he calls his best friend, he will tell you without hesitation the same name each and every time. It is R. And when you ask him where R is from, he will tell you. He is from Ukraine and before May came around, they had been playing video games together regularly over the headset. When February hit, it was really hard for him knowing that R and our family in Ukraine have been in danger and because of this, as often as he can, my son Paxton joins me in my volunteer efforts. He has been with me the entire time of the remote journey often raising money himself or coming up with ideas that he sometimes needs my help with. He even sent videos to me in Ukraine to share with defenders when I was there. The called him a little Cossack, a term he proudly declares himself now.
Paxton has some big goals as he thinks he is going to change the world. And I wanted to show him that he can! So here is our campaign.
Last summer, I sat alone in the sun outside the pit stop house myself and many volunteers from around the world called their "temporary home”. I was watching the storm clouds moving above the currently clear skies over the Ukrainian city it headed towards. I sat watching as I contemplated what to write to my friends and family back home who had been begging me for weeks to write an update. An update I actually had wanted to write, but I couldn’t seem to find the words. On this day, at this moment, it felt like it was time. So under this sun, I started writing. I even finished writing. But I never shared what I wrote. I didn’t share it for a number of reasons, but I think there is no better time to share an excerpt from it than now
Friends and family, some of you may know this about me, most probably don’t, but up until my time here, I was that weirdo who LOVED watching a thunder & lightning show such as the one I am watching now. I always have. In fact, up until now, whenever there was one rolling in above us, I would feel an instant sense of childlike excitement. I would feel this because when I was a child, whenever we would have one above us, my father would gather us and we would watch the beautiful light show. I have even been known to wake my three children up to watch them with me. But it’s different now watching this spectacular show right now. It is not making me happy now. I am not thinking about the happiness of my childhood with my own father watching the storm. I am thinking of the children in Ukraine who do not get to watch storms with their fathers who have bravely volunteered to defend their country against a terroristic regime. Some of these children will never again be able to sit with their father during a rainstorm.
I do not feel a sense of the familiar childlike excitement with this storm. Instead I am sitting here watching these storm clouds that appear as if they are being pulled from 3 ways into the clear and calm skies over the City and it is making my heart hurt. I think of my own children and how they excitedly jump off of the couch to let me know they saw a flash in the sky. Things are different here. Flashes in the sky out of the corner of your eye are not the same.
There are already power outages in the region and there is an active air siren. So this weather show means that for tonight there will be children laying in the dark awake in their beds scared. I picture for a moment my own children laying there. Scared in the dark after each clap of thunder, but bravely trying to convince themselves that the arrival of the sound is not in fact the arrival they fear most.
As I watched the sky that day, picturing of the brave children of Ukraine while thinking of my own children, I could not help but feel protective of them all. They all inspired the words that finally allowed me to write this to you."
FROM THE UKRAINE AID OPS TEAM:
Drones are regularly shot down and lost on the battlefield, requiring a continuous supply. And now that Ukraine is taking the initiative to expel the barbaric invaders, the need for these eyes in the sky to be available at the front lines becomes even more urgent.
"The number one way in which drones contribute to saving lives is in their ability to perform reconnaissance with much lower risk to soldiers. Instead of sending soldiers to physically surveil areas, they can scout them from above. This helps keep soldiers out of harm's way while gathering critical intelligence data. Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras allow soldiers to operate them at night when it can be much harder to spot danger "
A few months ago, the lives of a team of soldiers were saved by a thermal drone the very same day it was delivered by UAO. The soldiers were lost and surrounded by the enemy, and the drone was used to help them escape encirclement and get them back to their base. Stories like these confirm that commercial drones are an integral part of UAO’s mission to provide the defenders of Ukraine with protective, life-saving gear.
The truth is, without your continued support, we would not be able to purchase these critical items to supply to the frontline troops. Your help has enabled us to do so much but our resolve must not weaken until this war is won. Together we are truly making a difference. Let's keep it going, please donate if you can and share this widely among your friends, family, and broader network so we can help even more.
If you are able to commit to making a recurring contribution to Ukraine, it is greatly appreciated as it helps us maintain a regular supply of gear. Any amount is helpful, no matter how small.
Slava Ukraini, together we win!
- the Ukraine Aid Ops volunteer team
In the EU? Please consider a bank-transfer to our (Euro) IBAN account:
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If you're donating more than 1,000 USD or EUR and would like to save fees, please consider a wire instead. Mail to: [email protected] and say its the Kiddo Cossacks campaign in the subject, and we will send you the details.
Thank you for helping to save lives in Ukraine. Slava Ukraini!
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