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Dragons support people of Ukraine

07/03/2022

Players and coaching staff from Dragons and Newport County have joined forces to show their support for the people of Ukraine and help send emergency supplies from Newport to Poland.

Organisations across Newport have come together to collect donations and send emergency support to Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homeland with few or no belongings.

An estimated one million people have fled Ukraine for neighbouring Poland since the invasion.

In Newport a Polish organisation is organising a city-wide appeal for donations of clothes, toys, hygiene products and blankets to help those caught up in the humanitarian crisis.

An emergency appeal is being organised by the Polonia dla Ukrainy (Polish Community for Ukraine) and being supported by businesses and groups across Newport and the Gwent area.

The Women of Newport group are one of those helping by organising donations that are coming in from across South Wales.

Rodney Parade has been assisting the regional operation for donations with tonnes collected and stored at the stadium over the last week.

And on Monday, senior players from Dragons and Academy from Newport County were joined by coaches from both sides to help sort and pack donations that will then be taken to Poland and distributed to recognised charities that are helping refugees.

Dragons are proud to support the work of The Women of Newport alongside our commitment – alongside the URC and Premiership Rugby - to the work of the Red Cross humanitarian response in Ukraine. We also call for more action to support Black and Asian communities in Ukraine who are facing racism as they flee to safety.

For more information on the Women of Newport and the latest updates on what items are being collected - and where you can take your donations - check the page on Facebook by clicking HERE

The United Rugby Championship and Premiership Rugby are proud to support the British Red Cross Crisis Appeal for Ukraine. To support the efforts of the Red Cross humanitarian response in Ukraine and surrounding areas, you can text REDCROSS to 70141 to donate £10.

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