The Open Dialogue Foundation is running an online fundraising campaign in order to buy military equipment for the Ukrainian military. “Ukrainians today are defending Poland, Europe and the values of the entire West – and they are paying the ultimate price. We will not leave them alone!” write the organisers.
“We have experience in this [ed. – organising a fundraising campaign], and the latest developments call us to resume this activity. Back then, we were supported by thousands of benefactors from all over Poland (and beyond). Once again, we appeal to your generosity. Below is the summary of what — thanks to you — we were able to achieve back then,” write the organisers on the official website of the fundraiser.
The Open Dialogue Foundation helps Ukrainians. The equipment is “on its way to the brave Ukrainians”.
“Today Ukrainians need not only solidarity, but also direct help. Funds are needed to provide humanitarian aid to defenders of the country and victims of war. The list of needs can change dynamically – in the past, it was mainly helmets and bulletproof vests, uniforms, medical bandages and night vision devices, but also funds for the upkeep of internally displaced persons and support for those arriving in Poland, assistance for Ukrainian volunteers and civilian media,” writes the Open Dialogue Foundation on the official website of the fundraiser.
“In today’s #HelpUkraine shipment, in addition to more vests, we also have ….. military encrypted radios. And we also have … 60 night vision devices on the way. It all goes tomorrow at 13:00 to the brave Ukrainians! Dworczyk can hide,” reported the Open Dialogue Foundation.
On Tuesday, 100 pieces of bulletproof vests also left for Ukraine. “For these last pieces we fought a queue of private traders who probably hoped to do business, but the seller decided to sell them to us, knowing that this way they would be given to the those most in need – for free. They will go to Warsaw in the morning and then to Lviv and Kyiv,” reported the organisation.
The first shipment of 210 kevlar helmets and 70 bulletproof vests class IV were delivered to Lviv and Kyiv on Sunday evening. The equipment on this list was destined in particular for the territorial defence of Kyiv and Lviv or the defenders of Boryspil and Sviatoshyn.
As we have previously reported, military equipment should not be purchased in one’s own right. Military vests or helmets are concessionary goods, that is, goods that civilians cannot freely buy for themselves. What is available to anyone on the Internet is often equipment that has been withdrawn from the armed forces because it has exceeded its service life, for example due to its age. The materials from which such equipment is made wear out. They lose some of their properties after a few years or after inadequate storage, so a seemingly normal vest or helmet may not provide adequate protection in practice. Another category of such equipment available on the Internet is that designed for police operations, which means that its effectiveness on the battlefield – amidst much more powerful missiles and shrapnel – will be negligible.
The Open Dialogue Foundation organised a fundraising campaign for Ukrainians. It was supported by nearly 7 000 people
6787 people have already supported the fundraiser to help Ukraine. There are 29 days left until its completion. The amount that has been collected is over PLN 1.2 million of the intended PLN 2 million.
As the foundation assures, “the funds raised during the fundraising campaign will be transferred either directly to Ukraine or in the form of purchased humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.”
“As always, we will also provide a detailed financial summary of them,” the organisers add.