The Olena Zelenska Foundation will receive a charitable contribution of $ 500,000 from the Temerty Foundation. First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska agreed on this during a conversation with the family of Canadian philanthropist of Ukrainian origin James Temerty. The conversation took place with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada.
The raised funds are planned to be used for humanitarian aid to the residents of the de-occupied territories of the Kharkiv region.
"Today, when more and more people are left in houses without windows, without heat, without light, and when Russia destroys our energy system day after day, we are directing funds to where they are most needed. Now this is the preparation of Ukrainians for winter. I am grateful to the Temerty family for supporting the Foundation. I hope this is just the beginning of our fruitful cooperation," said Olena Zelenska.
For the Temerty Foundation, this is not the first investment in support of Ukraine. The Canadian organization provides charitable assistance in the fields of healthcare, education and culture. Among the projects implemented with the direct support of the Temerty Foundation is the exhibition of jewelry "Gold of the Scythians from ancient Ukraine" and samples of the Trypillia culture in the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), as well as the printing of Ukrainian books, in particular the bright gift edition of "Kobzar" by Taras Shevchenko. In addition, in 2020, the Temerty Foundation made the largest charitable donation in Canadian history, donating about CAD 250 million for the development of the medical faculty of the University of Toronto, the conditions of which also provide for the implementation of internship programs for Ukrainian students. In 2022, the Foundation announced the allocation of CAD 3.2 million to the University of Toronto for scholarships for 200 students from Ukraine whose studies in their native country were interrupted by the Russian war.