Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra, with Marty Morrissey and his former 'Dancing With the Stars' partner Ksenia Zsikhotska, from the Ivano Frankivsk area of Ukraine, at the launch of Marty's new book
Irish sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey used an event to promote his autobiography ‘It’s Marty’ last night to raise money for the relief effort to support Ukrainians who have had to flee their homes because of the violence engulfing their country.
Morrissey pledged the proceeds of sales at the event to the Irish Emergency Alliance which is made up of seven of Ireland’s leading international aid charities who are supporting those affected by the crisis.
The book has been on sale since October 2021 but due to Covid-19 restrictions the official launch had to be postponed several times.
Marty said at the event, “Donating the proceeds of tonight's book sales to the Irish Emergency Alliance to support their relief efforts on the ground in the Ukraine is a small gesture, but one that I hope will help."
Professional dancer Ksenia Zsikhotska, Marty's ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 2 partner, is Ukranian born and raised. Ksenia expressed her sincere gratitude to Marty for using the event to support the Ukraine.
Caoimhe de Barra, CEO of Trόcaire which is part of the Irish Emergency Alliance, said, “We are extremely grateful to Marty for this support and indeed to all of those Irish people who have donated to the Irish Emergency Alliance Ukraine Appeal. More than 2 million people have now fled Ukraine to escape the violence and many more are displaced inside Ukraine. Most of those fleeing Ukraine are women and children who are arriving at the border with only what they can carry.”
“Irish Emergency Alliance colleagues are responding to the crisis on the Ukrainian border with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova. They are helping people who are fleeing the fighting and have often arrived with only a single suitcase or backpack. Many have travelled for days to reach safety and are coping with freezing temperatures dropping below minus 8 degrees at night. Nearly all of those leaving Ukraine are grandmothers, mothers and children. Husbands and fathers have dropped them at the border before heading back. In Slovakia, one woman we spoke with said that the Ukraine side of the border is hell and the Slovakian side of the border is heaven. One young boy, only 11 years of age, walked by himself to the border. His mother wrote the name of relatives in Slovakia on his arm and on his passport. Thankfully his relatives were waiting for him when he crossed the border,” said Ms. De Barra.
The Irish Emergency Alliance is working through local partners who are supporting relief efforts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries by providing food, water, blankets, shelter and medical supplies as well as emotional support.
Ms De Barra said, “It’s easy to feel helpless when confronted by the scale of the suffering in Ukraine but at times like this donating money to charities responding to the crisis will make a huge difference to people desperately in need of support. We know that there are huge pressures on people’s pockets here at home but urge people to give whatever they can to help those caught up in this crisis.”
Please donate at www.irishemergencyalliance.org or by calling 1 800 939 979 or by texting IEA to 50300 to give €4.
Stay up to date with developments in Ukraine, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the Irish Emergency Alliance on Twitter, Facebook or on Instagram.
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