Medical Supplies for Ukraine

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Update #10

16 days ago

Привіт друзі, Hi Friends,

On Sunday I safely returned from Ukraine. It was a successful and trip

The medical supplies got to where there were needed with the first half travelling with www.weukrainians.org to Mykolaiv, and the rest directly to the special forces. I've added photos to the spreadsheet (link at the bottom) from the journey to Mykoliav, and hopefully we will get some from the Special Forces at some point. Due to your generosity it was quite a hefty box to cart to Kyiv, but I got there thanks to the help of friends and locals.

With the support of www.weukrainians.org I was also able to get extra supplies to the Territorial Defence Forces including 10x three-man tents and 30x IFKT Med-kits.

A number of donations were made while I was in Ukraine totalling £710. Thank you! To support the vital and tireless work of www.weukrainians.org I donated £300 of this amount towards fuel for their minibuses. The rest of the money will go to buy special Hemostatic bandages for soldiers on the frontline which will be delivered from Poland by www.weukrainians.org.

During my trip I had the chance to meet up with some of my Ukrainian friends who remained in Kyiv. Their resolve is quite incredible. Many came to live together in safer spaces and to support their local communities. Almost everyone had suffered a personal tragedy and all continue to worry about the safety of family and friends close to, on or behind the frontline of the invasion. Many friends struggled with the senselessness of what was happening.

All the Ukrainians I spoke to were extremely grateful for everything that was being done to help and the attention their struggle continued to receive.

They all told me to extend their sincerest thanks to all of you.

I also met a people from around the world working tirelessly to solve problems present and emerging, and risking their live getting help where it's needed. It was truly humbling and inspiring.

Being there in person helped me better understand the current needs of the Ukrainians and the difficulties faced in delivering it. Logistics are a nightmare as things change on a moments notice. Lack of fuel, the changing front line and unreliable communication make coordinate between groups particularly difficult. Not all aid is required, or in the case of some medical aid, fit for purpose.

I spent a few days with www.weukrainians.org learning their plans and needs, and discussing with them their continued development and the sustainability of the project. I will stay in touch with the team and continue to support them where I can, including on the development of a proposal for micro-schools for deployment in areas where that infrastructure has been destroyed or there is an increased need due to internal displacement.

If you are looking to donate further to Ukraine, please consider www.weukrainians.org - Spreading the word of their amazing work would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet again with a sheet including some images (which I'll update if some come in from Special Forces):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=373564106

Дуже дякую.
Слава Україні!

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From August 2018 to September 2021 I lived and worked in Kyiv, Ukraine supporting educational development (and working directly with young learners). During that time I was privileged to meet many wonderful, inspiring and creative people (not least the students) and became enamoured with the country's immensely rich and diverse culture, and boundless hospitality.

Watching the sustained brutality of this unjustifiable war and the ruthless destruction of so many lives and hope has left my heart shattered. Having grown so close to Ukraine and its people I've been keen to leverage my connections between the UK and Ukraine to deliver direct on the ground support, where it's been possible.

Since the start of the invasion I have fundraised, purchased and organised logistics to deliver two batches of targeted aid to support friends who remain in Ukraine defending their country.

On the 28th May I will travel to Lviv for 9 days for short period of volunteering and will use this opportunity to fundraise for the purchase and delivery of medical supplies. These will be delivered to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Reintegration.  (https://helpukraine.center/#send-aid).

I will be supported by McKeever's Pharmacies (https://mckeeversdirect.com/) in N. Ireland who are helping with the acquisition of products and FedEx in shipping to Poland.

As identified as required by the Ministry of Heath I will be purchasing the following types of medication and equipment:

- Antivirals, Hemostatics, Antibiotics, Analgesics, Sterile Bandages, Occlusive dressings, Small Medical Sets and various disinfectants.

Note: All money raised will go towards the direct purchase of the medical supplies via McKeevers Pharmacies. None of the funds raised will go towards my travel to Lviv or anything else.

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
16 days ago

Update #10

Привіт друзі, Hi Friends,

On Sunday I safely returned from Ukraine. It was a successful and trip

The medical supplies got to where there were needed with the first half travelling with www.weukrainians.org to Mykolaiv, and the rest directly to the special forces. I've added photos to the spreadsheet (link at the bottom) from the journey to Mykoliav, and hopefully we will get some from the Special Forces at some point. Due to your generosity it was quite a hefty box to cart to Kyiv, but I got there thanks to the help of friends and locals.

With the support of www.weukrainians.org I was also able to get extra supplies to the Territorial Defence Forces including 10x three-man tents and 30x IFKT Med-kits.

A number of donations were made while I was in Ukraine totalling £710. Thank you! To support the vital and tireless work of www.weukrainians.org I donated £300 of this amount towards fuel for their minibuses. The rest of the money will go to buy special Hemostatic bandages for soldiers on the frontline which will be delivered from Poland by www.weukrainians.org.

During my trip I had the chance to meet up with some of my Ukrainian friends who remained in Kyiv. Their resolve is quite incredible. Many came to live together in safer spaces and to support their local communities. Almost everyone had suffered a personal tragedy and all continue to worry about the safety of family and friends close to, on or behind the frontline of the invasion. Many friends struggled with the senselessness of what was happening.

All the Ukrainians I spoke to were extremely grateful for everything that was being done to help and the attention their struggle continued to receive.

They all told me to extend their sincerest thanks to all of you.

I also met a people from around the world working tirelessly to solve problems present and emerging, and risking their live getting help where it's needed. It was truly humbling and inspiring.

Being there in person helped me better understand the current needs of the Ukrainians and the difficulties faced in delivering it. Logistics are a nightmare as things change on a moments notice. Lack of fuel, the changing front line and unreliable communication make coordinate between groups particularly difficult. Not all aid is required, or in the case of some medical aid, fit for purpose.

I spent a few days with www.weukrainians.org learning their plans and needs, and discussing with them their continued development and the sustainability of the project. I will stay in touch with the team and continue to support them where I can, including on the development of a proposal for micro-schools for deployment in areas where that infrastructure has been destroyed or there is an increased need due to internal displacement.

If you are looking to donate further to Ukraine, please consider www.weukrainians.org - Spreading the word of their amazing work would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet again with a sheet including some images (which I'll update if some come in from Special Forces):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=373564106

Дуже дякую.
Слава Україні!

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
27 days ago

Update #9

Hi everyone,

Today has been a very productive one. In the morning I finalised translations for all the supplies and got them printed and added to the packaging.

In the afternoon I was able to send half of the supplies to Novyi Buh in the East of Ukraine, via former colleagues of mine Paul Hodgson and Nadia Ustenko who run:

www.weukrainians.org

Novyi Buh is in the Mykolyiv Oblast and was attacked on the 29th & 30th May by missile strikes causing significant destruction. This city is currently within the range of Russian artillery.

The drivers will hopefully have already arrived and delivered the medical supplies by the time you read this.

I can't begin to describe the immeasurable value and hope that Paul and Nadia are providing the most vulnerable people trapped at the front lines of this war. Please, if you are considering donating further, please give to them. They work relentlessly and often at risk to their own lives. They are doing amazing work coordinating logistics, identifying where help is needed most, and getting it there.

www.weukrainians.org

I will update again soon on the dispatch of the final part of the supplies.

All the best,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
29 days ago

Update #8

Привіт друзі!

Yesterday morning I arrived in Lviv, Ukraine decided to travel directly on to Kyiv to deliver the majority of the medical supplies. These have been handed over to my longtime friend Ihor Koval (we played in a band here in Kyiv). His wife's father is in the special forces, and via him, the supplies will be delivered directly to field hospitals. This is a successful route I have used for a previous fundraiser so I am happy that this is an efficient and traceable route to get the supplies to where they are needed.

The rest (mostly the first aid kits, some antiseptic creams and thermal blankets) will be left with the Ministry of Health (unless I hear of a more direct need).

Having had the chance to meet and talk with some people on the ground here, I've been told that there is also a real need for Hemostatic bandages and tourniquet. I have identified sources for these and with extra money I received after the close of the fundraiser I will purchase these and have them sent to Poland to a former colleague who is transporting medical supplies into and across Ukraine. This will probably take a bit of time to manifest, but I will keep you updated.

Updates on processed payments received, with invoice from the pharmacy now added, can be viewed here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=507596121

Later in the week/early next week I plan to return to Lviv.

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #7

Just a quick update to say that we've now paid off the outstanding balance with the pharmacy.

Some other funds have come in after the campaign ended. I have had some requests from Ukraine for specific medical supplies so I am currently trying to sourcing them closer to there, which I will use these funds to purchase. I'll keep you updated.

All details can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=507596121

Thanks,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #6

Good news!

The package has already arrived in Katowice ready for collection on Monday.

We have also received a second tranche of the money via the payment processor and payment has made to the pharmacy.

Details below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=507596121

Thanks everyone.
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #5

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to inform you that the medical supplies have been picked up from Ireland by FedEx and will be ready for me to collect in Katowice on Saturday Afternoon.

The first tranche of the funding money has also arrived from the payment processor and have been passed on to onlinepharmacy.ie - I must say a huge thank you to Jason who is the Supervising Pharmacist and business owner, for letting me pay for the supplies in a staggered manner and letting them ship before final payment (which will be on Friday).

Here is the spreadsheet with updated payment info:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=507596121

I'll continue to let you know how things are progressing and thank you all!

All the best,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #4

Hi Everyone,

The order for medical supplies with 'onlinepharmacy.ie' was placed on Sunday evening and the availability confirmed by Jason Kiernan (the Superintendent & Supervising Pharmacist) on Monday morning

Jason has ensured that supplies will be ready for collection by Thursday morning at the latest, to be on the 4am FedEx flight to Poland. I also have to say a big thanks to the generous support of my good friend Eoin McNamee who is facilitating all the transport logistics.

I will arrive in Katowice, Poland on Saturday afternoon to collect the package by Monday morning at the latest, after which I will travel on to Lviv by bus.

Thanks again to you all! I will continue to update as things progress.

Best wishes,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Hi Folks,

Thanks so much for everyone who shared and contributed to the campaign. We raised an incredible £1,367!This is far more than I ever expected.

After some fees from the payment processor the total for purchases comes to £1,337. The list of items is with the supplier with the expectation that items will be ready and collected by FedEx on or before Wednesday.

Below I again post the spreadsheet with details of items for purchase and payment processing...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=0

Many thanks,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

Hi Folks,

Thank you all so much for your generosity and words of support. Amazingly as of this afternoon we have raised over £750! That's nearly double what I had hoped for.

Due to the availability of stock and to simplify the logistics support from FedEx in Dublin, I have changed supplier to 'onlinepharmacy.ie' based in Tralee. This means item's can be collected directly from their warehouse and shipped to Poland. They also have offered to provide as good as discount as they can.

This afternoon I sent a list of items to the supplier. The list and a break down of the costs (before discount) can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kqKkNGQYTOY8cXGgsEDFwHp-cn24aJiMfp8A_H5KyCM/edit#gid=0

I have been cautioned against sending pharmaceutical drugs so have limited my purchases to:

- Antiseptic creams
- Antiseptic bandages and dressings
- Some Small and some larger first-aid kits
- Thermal Blankets
- Burn Dressings
- Various wound dressings

On Monday I should get an update on availability and lead time. FedEx will collect from the supplier and send directly to Poland where I will arrive on the 28th before heading to Lviv once I have collected.

I'll continue to keep you all updated.
Thanks,
Thom

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Thomas Conaty posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Hi Folks,

Wow, thank you all so much for your generosity and words of support. The initial target of £400 has already been reached!

I will continue to collect donations until the end of the week and the extra funds will mean the purchase even more medical supplies to provide support for people on the ground in Ukraine.

As things progress I will post updates.

Дуже дякую,
Thom Conaty

If you wish to contact me:

thomconaty@gmail.com
+44 (0)785 629 4633

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