Thanks to hundreds of local residents, $70,000 will be going to displaced Ukrainians now living in Burnaby and New Westminster.
The United for Ukraine Benefit Concert on Sunday (July 17) raised the large sum of money set to help the refugees settle down, including finding a place to live and applying for jobs.
"It is fantastic to see the Burnaby and New Westminster Firefighters and the whole community unite to raise funds for the Ukrainian refugees who fled from their homeland due to Vladimir Putin’s vicious invasion of Ukraine," New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian said in a release.
"Many of them came to Canada with minimum personal belongings without any household items. These funds will help them settle down from finding a place to live to apply for jobs. The generous donations will make a tremendous difference to many Ukrainian refugees."
The concert was a collaboration between Holy Eucharist Cathedral, the Burnaby Welcomes Ukraine Support Group, Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 and New Westminster Firefighters Local 256.
The Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 presented a $55,000 cheque to Mir Huculak, Consul of Ukraine for B.C.
New Westminster and Burnaby firefighters will also match the funds collected from the event to a maximum of $5,000.