Managed by the AFUO Defence sub-committee, the community grants program has spent approximately $270,000 on items required by frontline defenders, such as off-road vehicles, protective gear, drones, communication equipment and generators.
Following applications received by local Australian-Ukrainian community members, the sub-committee assesses requests based on set criteria, including real-time needs on the frontline. A global supply chain with a secure procurement and delivery process delivers the aid right to where it is needed. Given limited funds, the sub-committee constantly compares prices worldwide, develops partnerships to get permanent discounts and combines requests to benefit from bulk prices.
To date, support has been provided to over 40 brigades, stretching across the entire frontline, including Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions. Each one of the brave defenders who received military aid has sent messages of appreciation to Australia and Australians for their support.
With a network of trusted logistics partners, organisations and volunteers, the Ukraine Defend Appeal will continue to raise funds to provide speedy, direct help to the relatives and friends of our community members. By managing the entire procurement process, the AFUO can trace every dollar spent, ensure the aid is securely delivered and report back to the community.
The community grants program revealed 3 major needs: