100 tons of aid from Milan Fair to Poland to help Ukranians

12 trucks with aid including toys for children who have fled war

22 April, 09:00

    (ANSA) - ROME, 22 APR - The Milan Fair Foundation and the Arca Project Foundation have collected over 100 tons of essential goods for Ukrainian refugees.

    Over 100 tons of essential goods - including food, medicines, diapers, glasses, plates, sleeping bags and toys - are en route for the Polish fairs of Warsaw and Poznan where they will be distributed to Ukrainian refugees. The aid was collected by the Fondazione Milano Fiera (Milan Fair Foundation) and the Fondazione Progetto Arca (Arca Project Foundation). The foundations also organized the expedition with 12 trucks. The first eight trucks departed in the morning of Wednesday, April 20, while the other four will leave in the next few days. This is the second mission organized by the foundations after some 70 tons of aid sent at the end of March.

    The eight trucks that departed on April 20 are travelling to the Ptak Warsaw Expo, the main hub hosting and aiding Ukrainian refugees in Europe. Some 800,000 people have been hosted at the hub since the beginning of the emergency. The other four trucks will go to the Fair of Poznan.

    A 'prompt and generous' response The Fair Foundation responded to the appeal launched by the Warsaw Fair through the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UF) together with the Fondazione Progetto Arca, which participated to collect aid and will also distribute it through its volunteers in Poland. The two foundations said companies and institutions have responded in a "prompt and generous" way to help refugees. In particular, they responded to the requests made by volunteers on the ground and this new expedition included toys and stuffed animals which many children will be able to bring with them as travel companions once they leave the hosting center.

    Thanks to the collaboration of companies in the sector, furniture and carpets were also sent to set up long-term lodgings for refugees inside the fair in Warsaw, which guests will be able to use to create a more familiar and cozy environment. Donors for this second expedition included: Assogiocattoli and associated companies, Calzedonia, Consorzio Latterie Virgilio Soc. Agr. Coop on behalf of Coldiretti Milano Lodi and Monza Brianza, Expotrans, Fabriano, the international fabric fair Milano Unica, Lacomes, Pellegrini and exhibitors of the fairs Tuttofood, Host and Homi of Milan Fair.

    Companies and private citizens can contribute by providing essential goods and toys or by donating money through the bank account Unicredit Banca IBAN IT35L0200801619000106043882 of Fondazione Progetto Arca - Payment description: Emergenza Ucraina Fiera Varsavia (Ukraine emergency Warsaw Fair).

    (War refugees from Ukraine upon arrival at the Humanitarian Aid Center in Przemysl, Poland 09 April 2022. PHOTO/EPA/Darek Delmanowicz). (ANSA).

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