In response to the increasingly desperate situation in Ukraine, the Men’s Group at All Saints offered to host a fundraising dinner for the community featuring traditional Ukrainian dishes prepared with ingredients purchased from the Ukraine Cultural Centre in Richmond BC.
Event organizers all agreed that all donations be given to the recently launched PWRDF Ukrainian Refugee Relief project which, in collaboration with ACT Alliance member, Hungarian Interchurch Aid, hopes to raise $50,000 to aid those fleeing to safety from the war torn country.
The evening of Saturday, March 19, more than 60 guests sat down to an Ukrainian meal prepared, cooked and served by All Saints’ parishioners. Rector of the parish, the Reverend Robin Ruder-Celiz greeted each person, checking Vaccination Passports and reminding people of COVID precautions before opening the proceedings with welcoming remarks, acknowledgements and thanks to those who had organized the evening. The introductory address was followed by the Grace.
Blue and yellow table decorations, Ukrainian flags and colourful PWRDF placemats, napkins and printed handouts explaining the refugee situation greeted the guests who came from the parish, the Delta area, and beyond.
The cooks in the kitchen worked tirelessly to provide everyone with a delicious meal. Dessert of homemade pies and ice cream, together with wine generously donated by a parishioner and a local couple rounded out the feast. There were many appreciative and thankful comments offered to all involved in the event from the satisfied diners.
The generous donations will enable All Saints to send $6000 to the PWRDF appeal, and for that we are truly thankful.