Our world changed on 24 February 2022.
Archery has always been a family and our family in Ukraine needs our support.
We are fundraising so that Ukraine’s archers, many of whom are currently refugees in Germany and Poland, can prepare for and compete at the European Championships in 2022, and so that the Ukrainian archery federation can rebuild when this crisis is over.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, some of the country’s top athletes have been evacuated so that they can continue to practice sport.
Most members of Ukraine’s senior archery squad, some with family members, are refugees in Germany. They have been given support by local government and private entities to live and are training at the Beiter Centre.
Many of Ukraine’s promising youth athletes are refugees in Poland. They are living, studying and training at a sports school. Planning to move to the UK for their sports goals. Also Archery GB is supporting them with an own campaign and through this!
The pursuit of their passion for archery in this awful time is a symbol that Ukraine’s talent, Ukraine’s people and Ukraine’s freedom are very much alive and will continue to spread a message of positivity while their country is subject to abject aggression.
The Ukrainian archery federation currently has no structure to support its athletes.
We are fundraising and gathering support for archery in Ukraine, starting with the immediate challenges of the national teams who want to compete in 2022.
The 50,000 EUR goal set for this campaign, which is needed before the end of June, is to ensure that the senior team can compete at the European Archery Championships in Munich, Germany and that the youth team can compete at the European Youth Archery Championships in Lilleshall, Great Britain.
Most of the archer’s living expenses are currently being covered by governments or private donors, so money raised through this campaign will be spent on clothes, equipment and logistics, unless more pressing needs arise.
Should any additional support be received, either financial or value-in-kind, the teams will look to attend preparation events ahead of the championships. This is the case for the first stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, for which support has been given by the Turkish Olympic Committee and archery federation, World Archery and Errea.
Any leftover funds would be given to the Ukrainian archery federation, however it is expected that this initial campaign will not cover the national team’s real needs for the season.
In the future, we will continue to fundraise to rebuild archery in Ukraine.
This campaign is being organised by Andreas Lorenz, who is the named trustee of the registered account that receives its funds, in Germany.
Any funds raised will being distributed by a committee consisting of Andreas, Olena Sadovnycha, who is a representative of the Ukrainian archery federation, and Oleg Osypenko, the Ukrainian head coach.
The fundraising team will ensure that any funds go directly to the archers, their families and the sport as it is most needed.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise as much as possible, to give as much to the Ukrainian archery family as possible, so that they, in turn, can give as much as they can on the competition field, despite the unthinkable challenges they currently face.
Olympic Champions, world champions, European champions, archers, past and hopefully present, but above everything… people who have been forced to leave their homes.
They need our help. Please consider donating to our Ukrainian archery family.