Penticton Lakeside Resort is holding a Ukrainian Easter bake sale on Sunday, April 17 from 10 – 2 p.m. with proceeds going to buy an ambulance in the war-torn country.
Organized by Ukrainian Canadian Volunteers Association (based in Penticton, Kelowna and West Kelowna) they will be selling Ukrainian Easter bread, babka, cookies, homemade food, home baked Pyrizhky (cabbage stuffed buns), arts and crafts, Ukrainian souvenirs and traditional pysanky eggs.
The goal is to raise $6,000 to purchase a used ambulance for the Ukrainian city of Rivne, said Lakeside’s sales manager Svitlana Shkyn whose parents and brother are in Ukraine. She organized the first Stand with Ukraine fundraiser at the Lakeside in March that raised over $26,000 in less than four hours.
Her brother is fighting in the country’s defense force, and communication with her parents has been limited as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Shkyn is one of the main organizers at the Lakeside fundraiser, hoping Penticton residents will come out once again and show their support.
Local vendors will be joining the day and will donate a percentage of sales to support Ukraine.
The bake sale will be located in the lobby, starting with a lemonade station set up by Ukrainian-Canadian kids who plan to donate all the money to help kids in Ukraine.
There will also be an authentic Ukrainian Photozone with a professional photographer doing a quick portrait photoshoot by donation.
The photographer will be raising money for her best friend who is an orphan and a single mother from Kharkiv, fleeing Ukraine right now, hoping to come to Canada, said Shkyn.