Friday, September 30 2022

There will be a benefit concert for Ukraine at Rosetown United Church on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

This is how it all started, but it grows into a much bigger event with many layers to unpack. Organizer Sindy Yu and she Gold heart traveled to the Ukrainian Council of Saskatchewan looking for a way to help the cause. They assembled the poster above and provided a large banner to display. In a nice gesture, they also provided a large supply of sunflower seeds to plant this spring.

“They come with a note that says Baba wants you to plant them for peace and unity,” Sindy said. “So we give them to people who donate $25 or more, along with a tax receipt.”

sunflowers peace unity basket

Five of his piano students will perform. They are also preparing for provincial competitions and would like to use their gift of music to raise funds for displaced Ukrainians. During the concert, they will each perform a short but varied program ranging from classical to jazz, including live Canadian and Saskatchewan composers.

  • Ysabella Jadraque (from Rosetown),
  • Temidire Igbekoyi (also from Rosetown),
  • Erika Moure (of Sovereign),
  • Eliane Bakanec (from Kerrobert)
  • Alexandra Summach (from Dodsland).
  • As close and dear friend and cellist of Sindy Christine Bakanec (Elaina’s Mother) by Kerrobert will perform cool pieces by Ukrainian composers. Christina has performed with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and performed at the Rosetown Carol Festival in 2019.

Besides music, speeches and stories will be shared.

Just three weeks ago, two Ukrainian refugees arrived in Rosetown via Poland. Olga Biriukova is from Kyiv and Vitalli Diachok is a 9th grader who just spent her first day at RCHS this week.

“We are thrilled to connect with them and learn more about their culture, their trip to Canada and what makes them proud to be Ukrainians.”

Glenn UCG and Sindy YiuSindy Yiu & Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan

Another speaker, Mary Sawatsky, is a 3rd generation Ukrainian-Canadian based in Herschel. Throughout her life, she has helped many Ukrainian newcomers to settle in our communities thanks to her family who have kept the Ukrainian tradition very close. Other speakers include Lidia Kuzmych, Liubov Melnyk and Viktoriia Kuzmych – a fashion designer in Rosetown.

Many of them will also display their personal souvenirs, clothes and photos from Ukraine. Ukrainian treats will also be served for everyone to enjoy at the end.

“I am very grateful for the support of the local Ukrainian community and look forward to learning from them.”

The concert will be held in the upper lobby of Rosetown United Church 118 2nd Ave E, and she wants to make sure everyone is invited.

“Please tell all your listeners to join us,” Yiu said.

There will be no door charge, but donations are encouraged. Silent Auction Items include a Ukraine-themed flower arrangement donated by Peggy D’s Garden Center. All proceeds will go to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan, which has done many good deeds to help displaced Ukrainians come to the province.

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