Ukraine aid alliance launches website
By Belinda Smart12 September 2022
The Plant & Hire Aid Alliance – a UK-based rental organisation set up to support Ukraine - has launched a website at https://aid-alliance.com/ which includes information about aid convoys to Ukraine, related projects, and how to help.
The site provides details of Plant & Hire Aid Alliance’s members, which include founding company Ardent Hire Solutions, Gap Hire Solutions, L Lynch, Pinnacle Platforms, Plantforce, Riwal and Sunbelt Rentals.
Membership also includes OEMs such as JCB, and other rental sector players, including Rouse and software supplier Point of Rental, are members.
The Plant & Hire Aid Alliance’s next aid convoy will leave for Ukraine on 16 October.
A statement on the website says; “We’re looking for donations of the following: Long-lasting food and baby food, hygiene items, medicines, bandages, any items for elderly or disabled care (such as crutches, wheelchairs, adult diapers) blankets, duvets and sleeping bags, suitcases and stationery for schoolchildren and Winter clothing.”
Interested parties can get involved by joining the convoy and help take donations to Kosice, donating items, or donating cash which will be used to buy necessary items.
The alliance is working with Rotary International, with efforts co-ordinated by local businessman Andriy Baganich, who is working with Slovakian and Ukrainian volunteers to deliver supplies from the city of Košice in Slovakia to areas throughout Ukraine.
“There are 69 Rotary clubs all over Ukraine helping to distribute aid to those in need,” Baganich reportedly said.
“Rotary is also working with dozens of charities in Ukraine, such as Women’s Union of Ukraine, Quality of Life, Foundation for Support and Development of Ukraine, Ukrainian Renaissance Foundation, Path of Life, numerous self-government bodies, schools and hospitals.
“Humanitarian aid is being collected at three warehouses in Kosice, then delivered directly to refugees by Ukrainian trucks and railway wagons. Some loads are distributed via the Rotary humanitarian hub in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, operated by Rotary Club Uzhgorod, with the help of postal services.”
Anyone wishing to support the alliance or participate in a convoy can find out more at https://aid-alliance.com/.
To date, the Plant & Hire Aid Alliance has seen 1100 mattresses, 30 tonnes of food, 280 suitcases, 50 tonnes of medical supplies and 250 boxes of aid delivered to Ukraine – as well as £40,000 (€46,000) of funds raised.