Freedom March launches fundraiser with Kyiv School of Economics
Ukrainian civil rights organization Freedom March has called on the international cannabis community for help in the “fight for the future of Ukraine.” According to a report in the Canadian media outlet The Windsor Star, Freedom March is urging the cannabis industry to help fighters, volunteers and providers of necessary protective and technical equipment by dipping into their pockets.
Freedom March is an independent organization is focused on bolstering all forms of freedom, including access to both recreational and medicinal cannabis, both of which are currently prohibited in Ukraine.
“We are launching a fundraiser to provide critical humanitarian assistance to the people in Ukraine with two lines of priority,” the group notes, namely the orphans of soldiers and civilians, and “wounded and heavily injured soldiers and civilians, cancer patients and other vulnerable groups impacted by the war.”
Ganjapreneur reports that the donation campaign is being done not through the group’s own platform, but through the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE).
In partnership with Ukrainian businesses and state-owned companies, the KSE effort aims “to provide food supplies, transportation, refugees help for Ukrainian citizens affected by the war and purchase necessary medicines, first aid and protective kits” for emergency services and territorial defence forces.
The KSE Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 as a subsidiary of its non-profit corporation in the United States, with a focus on humanitarian aid.
Organization aims to raise US$10 million
“I appeal to the rest of the free world for which we are fighting now – support us with resources, stand with Ukraine,” says Tymofiy Mylovanov, KSE president and an associate professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The foundation and its partners have located suppliers for additional first aid and protective kits, as well as raised the fundraising goal to US$10 million from its initial US$2.5 million, the progress of which has not been reported on yet.
Among the group’s many efforts to bolster freedom in past has been “organizing civil protests in support of the legalization of medical and decriminalization of recreational cannabis,” reads a testimony by Anton Tomazov, a Freedom March activist since 2015, a lawyer and the 29-year-old father of two.
“I have been actively involved in civil activism, defending patients’ rights, developing a progressive governmental drug regulation strategy, organizing civil protests in support of the legalization of medical and decriminalization of recreational cannabis,” Tomazov says.
US cannabis companies beginning to dip into their pockets
“This war is against freedom and identity, a threat that reaches beyond borders,” Freedom March representative Nazarii Sovsun said in a statement provided to Ganjapreneur. ” We invite all cannabis professionals to stand by our side while we still resist.”
Meanwhile, some global cannabis companies have been doing their part already. Last week, it was announced that B.C. Liquor and B.C. Cannabis stores customers had donated $538,074 to the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal over just three weeks.
Additionally, U.S. veteran-owned and operated cannabis manufacturing company in California reportedly pledged its profits to World Central Kitchen until the end of April.