Kavanagh’s Service Station customers step up to Ukraine relief collection
Customers of Kavanagh’s Service Station in Urlingford have really stepped up to the Ukraine relief effort, helping to fill five coaches with vital supplies which have been ferried to the Polish border.
The Co Kilkenny filling station teamed up with tour operators Paddywagon Tours who have sent the coaches to Ukraine and will be bringing women, children and elderly people back to Ireland on their return trip.
Store manager Emma had urged customers to bring in any second hand wheelchairs, zimmer frames and crutches that were no longer needed as part of the service station’s Ukraine Collection Appeal.
They also gathered a list of vital supplies, including bandages, wound dressings. painkillers, cough medicines, Sudocrem and Vaseline, baby bottles and baby food, baby wipes, nappies and nappy bags, sanitary towels and tampons, clean underwear, socks and tights, toilet rolls and soap, shower gels and shampoo.
The convoy was due to reach Warsaw in Poland on Thursday. When the drivers have unloaded their vehicles, their aim is to provide transport to 250 refugees to bring them to safety in Ireland early next week.
Paddywagon Tours’ Gabriel Finn said: “We’re glad and proud of the fact that we can try and do something tangible. We’re doing something tangible and that’s the most important thing for us.”