Events take place to mark anniversary of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Delivering generators to Rotary Club Zaporizhia-Khortytsia

As the world marks a year since the start of the war in Ukraine, we've been speaking to a Haworth aid worker who has made ten trips to the country over the past 12 months.

Friday 24 February marks the anniversary of Russia's invasion, with a national moment of silence taking place at 11am, observed here on Rombalds Radio.

Events will also take place across the area, with the City Hall clock tower in Bradford among the buildings being lit up in blue and yellow.

This morning we spoke to Emilia Merenmies from Haworth, an aid worker and member of the Rotary Club of Haworth & The Worth Valley. She's teamed up with John Midgley from Skipton-Craven Rotary Club and other Rotarians to help deliver equipment and supplies to those displaced or left homeless by the war.

Emilia's first visit to Ukraine was just a few days into the war last March to help with the evacuation of children with special needs. She has then been delivering aid since September, and on her latest trip she drove 3,500 miles in 7 days to take generators, water filters, blankets and more to support people in Lviv and Zaporizhia.

The local Rotary clubs are appealing for help to raise £20,000 for fuel and travel costs for upcoming trips; as well as people who can supply equipment to be transported to the affected areas. 

Please contact Skipton-Craven Rotary via their website if you can help.

Listen to our interview with Emilia Merenmies on the Rombalds Radio Local podcast, or by pressing play below.

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