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Saturday August 29 2015
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2014-03-12 at 13:40

Show of support

Thunder Bay
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Thunder Bay's Ukrainian Credit Union Limited branch manager Oksana Harapyuk.
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

A little flag has gone a long way for people in Thunder Bay looking to support Ukraine.

The local Ukrainian Credit Union decided to sell the Ukrainian car flags to show support and donate funds to protesters there.

"The idea came spontaneously right after the deadly clashes at the end of February," branch manager Oksana Harapyuk said.

But almost as soon as the bank brought the flags in, all 100 sold out. Harapyuk, born in the former Soviet Union and in Thunder Bay fro 16 years, said it's not only the thousands of locals with Ukrainian heritage showing support.

"I get very emotional when I drive and I see other cars with Ukrainian flags and they beep and show Ukrainian support," she said.

It's also been emotional for Harapyuk's family watching events unfold She said they're all hoping that Crimea will remain with Ukraine and there won't be a war with Russia.

"It's touched us deeply,"she said.

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While the flag campaign, which raised $500, is over the credit union has two accounts set up for Canadian Ukrainian Social Services and Canada Ukrainian Foundation for donations.

But even voicing opinions on social media can help.

"Believe me Ukrainians are reading those and they need all the moral support they can get from all over the world," Harapyuk said.

 

 


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