After seeing the immense devastation to lives occurring in Ukraine, our school Charity Committee organised a collection for Ukrainian refugees fleeing conflict zones and has also opened a JustGiving page. The UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, estimates that more than four million people will become refugees.
We held a collection of goods ranging from toothpaste, torches, canned and sealed foods and energy bars to name but a few. From 8am on Thursday 24 March, students and staff from across the school dropped off their donations in the New Memorial Dining Hall. With the generosity of the John Lyon community, we were able to collect a large amount of items to those most in need fleeing the conflict. The items collected will be shipped through collection agencies in the UK to the countries neighbouring Ukraine to support the refugees at this extremely desperate and challenging time.
In addition to the goods collection, we as a school have set up a JustGiving page to raise money to be sent to charities working in neighbouring countries. ActionAid and The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) are working to meet all immediate needs including food, water, protection, and trauma care. If you are in a position to contribute and would like to support to the school’s community collection, please donate here.
Earlier this month, as part of our PSCHE programme and to contextualise world events and current affairs for pupils, we invited Stephen Dalziel to the school to speak on the very poignant topic: ‘Why has Russia attacked Ukraine?’ Stephen is a Russian specialist, translator and author, who has worked as a Russian Affairs Analyst at the BBC World Service. Click here to read more about the talk and watch a recording.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to students, parents, families and staff who have so generously donated to the collection and to those who are yet to donate through the link above.
The thoughts of us all at John Lyon are with those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and we fervently hope for a swift and peaceful resolution.