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MTVA to launch donation drive

Budapest prepares to assist refugees from Ukraine

The Municipal Council of Budapest is taking a number of measures to assist refugees arriving from Ukraine and is prepared to offer accommodations and meals to 2,000 people immediately, the Office of the Mayor told MTI on Saturday.

The mayor has informed the interior minister of the preparations to assist war refugees and is in contact with district councils and civil organisations, the office said in a statement.

Institutions and companies of the municipal council have been tasked with ensuring the refugees accommodations in council buildings as well as three meals a day, the statement said.

Local council staff are communicating with workers at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border and with civil organisations offering humanitarian aid, it added.

MTVA to launch donation drive

Hungary’s public media provider MTVA on Saturday announced the launch of a donation drive to assist people in trouble because of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

The extraordinary donation drive, called “It’s Good to Be Good!”, is the initiative of Hungarian President Janos Ader.

“For public media, it is extraordinarily important to participate with the tools of media in the support of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia and of refugees, showing Hungarian solidarity, the efforts of good-willed people to help those in need, and coordinated assistance in the framework of the Bridge for Transcarpathia programme,” MTVA said in a statement.

Donations and assistance for ethnic Hungarian living in the Transcarpathia region of Ukraine as well as refugees fleeing the Russian-Ukrainian conflict will be solicited in a programme broadcast on the Duna Televizio channel, while all public media channels will showcase the efforts of individuals or local councils to provide families arriving from Ukraine with accommodation and food in their daily programmes from Monday.

Ecumenical Charity sends aid to Transcarpathia

The Hungarian Ecumenical Charity has sent a 28-tonne delivery of food and hygienic supplies to Transcarpathia, a region in the west of Ukraine with a large ethnic Hungarian population, director Laszlo Lehel said on Saturday.

In addition to the goods collected by the charity, a large part was donated by retailer Tesco, Lehel said. Haulier Waberer’s is delivering the shipment free of charge, he added.

The charity’s staff will visit the border region with its goodwill ambassador, Aniko Levai, the wife of Hungary’s prime minister, on Tuesday.


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