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Refugee society to host Ukrainian Dinner

2nd annual fundraiser will support the resettlement of Ukrainians displaced by war
The Rupert Society for Refugee Support holds a planning meeting at the new Port City Spirits distillery for its 2nd Annual Ukrainian Dinner scheduled for Nov. 24 at the Highliner Hotel. (Contributed photo)

Over the past year, the Rupert Society for Refugee Support (RSRS) has brought 75 war-displaced Ukrainians to Prince Rupert with seven more on the way.

Resettling refugees costs money, however, and Prince Rupert has stepped up with many individuals and organizations donating money, goods and services to the cause, while employers have provided jobs.

Now for the second year, the RSRS is hosting a dinner during which Rupertites can show their support while dining and dancing the night away.

The 2nd Annual Ukrainian Dinner at the Highliner Hotel & Conference Centre Nov. 24 will feature “traditional Ukrainian dishes prepared by talented chefs, including mouthwatering pierogis, savoury borscht, and delectable cabbage rolls.”

With a motto of “We should, we can, we will,” the Rupert Society for Refugee Support was conceived in 2015 in response to another crisis. Dozens of Syrians were resettled in Prince Rupert after Russia intervened in the civil war there escalating the humanitarian crisis.

The RSRS and Prince Rupert have provided sanctuary to and resettled dozens of people from both Syria and Ukraine in the community over the past eight years.

In addition to a home-cooked meal, the Nov. 24 event in the ballroom of the Highliner Hotel will feature live music as well as live and silent auctions including a dessert auction.

“All funds will be used to support our ongoing mission to resettle people in Rupert who have been displaced by war,” the society said.

“With your support, we will continue to be a beacon of hope to people who have been displaced due to war and other calamities.”

Tickets are $60 and available online at Doors open 6 p.m.

Thom Barker

About the Author: Thom Barker

After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002.
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