Categories: CommunityHome

Esquimalt warehouse pulls together trauma centres for war-torn Ukraine

A pair of shipping containers stuffed with the basics to help build wellness centres for the people of Ukraine shuttle across Canada this week ahead of a trip across the Atlantic.

Packed at the Compassionate Resource Warehouse in Esquimalt and bound for Poland, contents of the containers are specific, warehouse president Dell Marie Wergeland explained.

The first was filled primarily with medical supplies and equipment and the second with building needs to convert five containers into trauma counselling centres. More than 2.6 million people have fled to Poland from Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. The plan is to build the trauma centres in Poland then move them to Ukraine when it’s safe.

READ ALSO: Ukrainian refugee’s long, cold trek away from war ends in B.C.

“The loads have been very targeted and very specific to the need on the ground,” she said of all goods sent to aid the war-torn country. The warehouse team looks to send another in June with no date or permits in place yet. Wergeland does, however, have an idea what some of the crucial needs will be – first aid supplies and art supplies for trauma counselling.

“This is long-term, this will not be over in a few short weeks. We know the need will last for many months so we need to be prepared to keep going,” she said. Their role isn’t as first or even second responders, Wergeland explained. Their work is about sustaining, looking ahead and rebuilding.

They expect to have the next major priority to target very soon for a June container headed to the same region and cause.

READ ALSO: Miracle container, filled with supplies by Esquimalt charity, survives Beirut blast

An earlier shipment held firefighting gear gathered, donated and packed by Victoria and Esquimalt firefighters. The local first responders also donated spine boards and canvas emergency stretchers. Items tucked away in the containers also include basic needs, school supplies, baby goods and hygiene products through Victoria Soap for Hope.

The containers hit the rails in B.C. bound for Montreal and could set sail in mid to late June. The warehouse hopes to have the next major priority target this week for a June container bound for Poland/Ukraine.

Those looking to donate can find the current needs list, and contact online at crwarehouse.ca.

READ ALSO: Victoria experts offer tips on talking with kids about Russia’s war on Ukraine

c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Christine van Reeuwyk

Leave a Comment
Share
Published by
Christine van Reeuwyk

Recent Posts

Canada Soccer makes new compensation offer to its national teams

Both men’s and women’s sides have been negotiating new deals

32 mins ago

Man detained in US July 4 parade shooting that left at least 6 dead, 30 hurt

Motive unclear after shooter fired from rooftop at Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago

32 mins ago

Victoria woman to complete 5th cycle for child cancer, in memory of late sister

Sharon MacDonald rides fifth ride for child cancer with Great Cycle Challenge Canada to raise…

3 hours ago

Speed reduction just one part of solution, rural Saanich group says

Traffic calming measures also necessary to changing driver behaviour

3 hours ago

Lights, camera, action on Langford film studio – pending adoption

Some residents flagged traffic concerns for Millstream site, others largely supportive of idea

3 hours ago

‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5-million debut

Film on track to be one of the biggest-ever July 4 weekend openings

13 hours ago