Story and updates on little 3 year old Yana fighting cancer and being treated in Turkey.
Rostyk and Olesya had the pleasure of sitting down with William Szuch of UkeTube over Skype on June the 13th and talk about our organization, discuss our efforts, who we work with, and how we collectively are able to help. We discussed some of the challenges we are seeing in Ukraine as well as some of the potential future growth, activities and projects we might want to be working on.
Please watch the full 52+ minute interview here.
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We have some very exciting news for our organization Stream of Hopes Aid for Ukraine Inc.
Olesya and I have met Iryna Zhytaryuk on a number of occasions, but yesterday, June 5, we finally had a chance to sit down for a lengthier amount of time and talk. It felt as if we had known Iryna for a very long time. We talked about Ukraine, we talked about Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, we talked about families and we talked about her upcoming participation as a finalist in the Miss Ukrainian Canada, where amongst the 16 contestants, she will be proudly representing Saskatchewan.
Originally from Chernivtsi, this young lady has achieved quite a bit and is an extremely talented fashion designer. She already has 5 fashion lines and is developing and making her sixth one which will be presented during the talent portion of the show. Iryna has a twin sister who still lives in Chernivtsi and has her own beauty center where she is a master hair stylist and make-up artist. Throughout our discussion we talked about our non-profit organization and about some of the things we are doing and very quickly understood that in addition to everything that she is doing, she has a very kind heart and has been helping kids, orphans, those who are ill - through hosting fundraisers, fashion shows and altogether offering a helping hand where possible, including sending aid to soldiers and families of soldiers in Ukraine together with her uncle Viktor.
As our discussion was winding down for the evening we had come to agreement that it would be a natural fit; especially with Iryna's interests, her passions and linkages to her hometown of Chernivtsi that our organization "Stream of Hopes" gain a new supporter, a new contributor and in its own right an ambassador for those in Ukraine who need our help and assistance. We talked about future events, about the organization we work with "Future of Ukraine" and we are super excited to let everyone know that we are partnering with Iryna and plans are already underway to start raising awareness and raising funds for the 3,000+ children our organization helps in supporting.
We are very excited by this collaboration and support, and look forward to working will Iryna on many projects in the months and years to come!
Saskatchewan should be proud of Iryna representing our great province at the Miss Ukrainian Canada contest and we all should be supporting this young lady as her future is a bright one.
Маємо чудову новину!
Фіналістка конкурсу Міс Українка Канади, Ірина Житарюк яка представляє провінцію Саскачеван, вирішила співпрацювати з нашою благодійною організацією "Потічок Надій" і допомогти нам продовжувати нашу роботу з дітьми України.
Сама родом з Чернівців, Ірина є шалено талановитим дизайнером і ми дуже горді тим що зможемо працювати з нею і планувати наші майбутні проекти.
We don't know if there are many words that can describe the feelings and emotions that went into this festival and the tremendous efforts that Marta and her team have contributed to making this event happen.
We are proud to say that through your efforts and contributions we played a pretty significant part in our first year of being involved in ensuring that kids' wishes were granted, that they received presents and that Marta and her team received as much financial and emotional support as we could provide.
This year was a record year for the festival, as they hosted over these past 7 days a grand total of 1,031 orphans from all across Ukraine and granted 1,031 wishes for these orphans. They had artist, sports figures, politicians, business people, philanthropists and many many others involved in making sure that these kids are taken away from their daily struggles, their daily worries, their daily suffering and are able to be just kids, worry free, smiling, happy, joyful and loved.
We sent $950 dollars to help with food and tent rental, we sent $200 dollars that we collected to purchase over 200 pizzas, we sent $170 to pay for transportation, as on the day of festival starting, one of their buses broke down. We sent dolls, cars, over 180 soccer balls. We sent clothes and t-shirts, hats and shorts. We took dedicated kids' wishes and granted those on our and other people's behalf. BY WE - we MEAN you all. You have embodied this festival and the support and the giving. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we cannot express our gratitude in any amount of words, so we will let the pictures and hopefully some video's do the job for us.