Dundee’s new charity raises over £5,000 for Ukraine

A new Dundee charity has raised over £5,500 for Ukraine through a series of cultural events.

Angels for Bulgaria organized dance performances and food events to collect donations across the city.

The charity was originally set up in 2020 to help causes in Bulgaria, but has now changed its mind to support Ukrainian refugees.

Fundraising events at community centers including traditional Bulgarian dances, costumes and food were also organised.

Stella Ivanova, Director and Founder of Angels for Bulgaria, said: “So far, media coverage has mainly focused on refugees arriving in Poland, Romania and Moldova. But there are also significant numbers in Bulgaria.

“This first wave of refugees is not the poorest, so some of them are fending for themselves.



The charity was originally set up in 2020 to help causes in Bulgaria, but has now changed its mind to support Ukrainian refugees.

“But they expect a second wave of poorer and more needy people, and by then donations should have dropped significantly.

“So what we’re doing is holding onto donations until they’re needed and we’ll continue to fundraise as well.”

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Bulgaria and Ukraine have long-established ties dating back several centuries.

About 130,000 ethnic Bulgarians have lived in Ukraine, mostly around Odessa and other southwestern regions, since the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when they came as refugees during the Russo wars -Ottomans.



The charity organized dance events.

Now their descendants are returning the other way – to Bulgaria – as refugees from the current war.

Angels for Bulgaria organized dance performances and food events to collect donations across the city.

Around 79,000 Bulgarian nationals live in the UK, including around 40,000 in Scotland.

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James C. Tibbs