Canada, Europian Commission to co-host social media fundraiser to help displaced Ukrainians

Ukrainian refugees, some with children, arrive at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova. © UNICEF/Siegfried Modola

OTTAWA/CMEDIA: An international fundraising campaign called “Stand Up For Ukraine” engaging politicians, artists, and businesses, among others, would be started by Canada and the European Commission to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine following the Feb. 24 Russian invasion of their country.

The fundraising campaign in partnership with the international advocacy organization Global Citizen would culminate with an April 9 pledging event to be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

A statement from Trudeau’s office says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is inviting musicians, actors, athletes, business leaders, politicians, and anybody else so inclined to take part in a large-scale social media rally to help his besieged country.

Trudeau and von der Leyen met this week in Brussels on the prime minister’s second trip to Europe in two weeks to confer with allies on the Russian attack.

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