Rob Hunt, Career Development Consultant at the University, is working with local charity Sunderland for Ukraine to organize the challenge. He says: “We hope to raise at least £2,500, the cost of a large generator suitable for a school, and other aid such as medical kits.
“We’re asking for those taking part to raise at least £1 per km and hoping that together we’ll reach 2500 km – the distance to Kyiv from Sunderland.”
Sunderland for Ukraine was founded in April 2022 by Katarzyna Posnik. The charity supports Ukrainian families in Sunderland and surrounding areas and those who are helping directly with humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Katarzyna is working with Ukrainian and English volunteers who have pledged to contribute to the challenge. One volunteer, Peter Holmes, has already covered a distance of 52.61 km.
Katarzyna said: “Many people are making new year pledges for a health kick, Ukrainians in contrast just hope to make it through the winter.
“We would like to harness those new year’s health kicks to help Ukrainians get generators for heat and electricity.”
If you would like to take part in the Sunderland to Kyiv challenge you can sign up here.
To support those taking part you can go to the Sunderland to Kyiv Go Fund Me page here.