Hibernian Women have celebrated the “power of football” after raising more than £8,000 for a charity set up to save dozens of Ukrainian orphans.
52 children were brought to Scotland by the Edinburgh-based charity Dnipro Kids, which was set up by Hibs fans at the start of the Russian invasion.
In response to the devastating scenes in Ukraine, Hibernian Women wore a special jersey in the colors of the Ukrainian flag – with the words “We Stand Together” – during their match against Hearts Women on March 20.
Hibernian Women captain Joelle Murray praised those behind the money-raising campaign and expressed her awe at the power of sport to make a difference forever.
She said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the Dnipro appeal with the power of football, the amount raised is exceptional and we cannot thank everyone who bid and donated enough.
“A special mention goes to Stewart McGuire, whose idea, creative thinking coupled with passion to support this group of people is extremely admirable and would not have been possible without him.”
Supporters bought jerseys, entered a prize draw and made generous donations both at the game and via the team’s JustGiving page, raising a whopping £8,110 for the Dnipro Kids Appeal.
It comes after the orphans were welcomed as guests of honor to Easter Road at the Hibs game against St Johnstone earlier this month.
The charity was founded in 2005 by Hibs supporters after an association with Dnipro.
Since then, the body has helped provide medical supplies, clothing, beds and other necessities to orphans around the city.
When war broke out in February, the youth had to make a terrible journey to flee the city on the Dnieper in central Ukraine.
The group faced constant shelling and air raids on their way out of the country, and then became embroiled in a bureaucratic dispute in Poland.
But in March, the children rescued from various orphanages in the area finally landed in London and made their way north to Edinburgh – more than 2,000 miles from home.
After safely arriving in Scotland, they were enrolled in school and are now adjusting to their new lives.
Steven Carr, 56, Chairman of Dnipro Kids added: “Dnipro Kids would like to say a big thank you to Hibernian Women for auctioning off their limited edition shirts to raise funds for the Dnipro Kids charity.
“Thank you and all the best for next season. GGTTH.”
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