Kelowna came together and overwhelmed the Georgia Cafe’s fundraiser with support on Mar. 4.
The small locally-owned cafe on Richter St. held a fundraiser lunch for the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The cafe pre-sold out of their meals consisting of a cup of borscht, perogies and Ukrainian cabbage rolls. They have also sold out of their Ukrainian meals for next Friday, Mar. 11.
The cafe has donated the use of their kitchen and equipment to Ukrainians preparing food for the event.
Supporters looking for a treat are still invited to stop by the cafe. They are selling homemade cakes, snacks, sausages and coffee, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.
Warren Strome, husband of the busy cafe owner Maia Meghvinishvili, said that the cafe sold 75-litres of borscht, 900 pierogies and 300 cabbage rolls today (March 4).
Strome said, “Georgia understands the crisis in Ukraine because it happened to them in 2008.”
The Georgian community said they want to stand strong for their Ukrainian neighbours.
A peace rally has been organized at the Landmark overpass on Harvey for March 6 at 2 p.m. and will be holding another fundraiser at the Georgia cafe on Mar. 11.