Edinburgh Rugby pledges support to Ukrainian relief efforts

Edinburgh Rugby pledges support to Ukrainian relief efforts

​Edinburgh Rugby has pledged its support to Ukrainian relief efforts by donating £1 for each individual match ticket purchased for Friday night’s home fixture against Connacht to The Disasters Emergency Committee.

The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella group of UK charities – including British Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children – which coordinates and launches collective appeals to raise funds to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to people caught up in disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.

The DEC will tomorrow (Thursday 3 March) launch a Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal that will allow people to donate and support the needs of all refugees and displaced people.

As a twin city of Ukraine’s capital – Kyiv – Edinburgh and its residents stand with the people of Ukraine; and now Edinburgh Rugby – Scotland’s capital rugby club – has pledged its support to Ukraine and its people by donating £1 for every match ticket purchased for Friday night’s match (excluding Season tickets) while promoting the humanitarian appeal across its social channels.

In addition to this, the Edinburgh Rugby squad have together contributed a further £500 to the club's overall total which will be donated following Friday night's match.

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director Douglas Struth, said: “All of us at the club have been horrified by the events unfolding in Ukraine and felt that we needed to do our part and support those escaping conflict, and leaving behind their lives because of war.

“Edinburgh is proud to be a twin city of Kyiv, and as a club, we’re proud to support The Disasters Emergency Committee in donating a £1 for every match ticket purchased on Friday night.

“I’d encourage all of our supporters to donate to The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal once live, while we’ll also be holding a moment of applause pre-match on Friday night, which I’d encourage all of our fans – if able – to take part in and show their support to the people of Ukraine.”

Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country. Families have been separated. People have been injured. Lives have been lost.

More than half a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they now face an uncertain future.

18 million people are projected to be affected by the conflict, while 4 million people could flee Ukraine and seek protection in neighbouring countries.

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal will go live on Thursday (3 March), while supporters can head to www.dec.org.uk for more information on how to donate.

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