Volunteer cyclists deliver essential supplies to elderly people in southern Ukraine

A group of cyclists organized by the Red Cross delivered care packages, including food and medicine, to elderly people in southern Ukraine, footage released on Friday, May 6, shows.  This footage, captured by Current Time, the Russian-language service of Radio Free Europe, shows cyclists delivering supplies to elderly residents in Mykolaiv on May 3.  According to one volunteer, Volodomyr, members of the group visit a local Red Cross facility to pick up the packages at the beginning of each day.  “We call people to make sure they are waiting for us at home.  The office prepares our orders.  It can be food, health aids, or medicine.  Then we go to the storage facility and collect the packages,” he said, according to the translation provided by Current Time.  Red Cross coordinator Iryna Troshkina said she was initially reluctant to send volunteers on bicycles.  “I used to ship cars to [different] places, but these guys asked me to send them instead.  I was nervous because it is a combat zone, but I finally agreed to try it,” she said, according to the translation provided.  The cyclist Volodomyr added that sometimes residents just need someone to talk to.

A group of cyclists organized by the Red Cross delivered care packages, including food and medicine, to elderly people in southern Ukraine, footage released on Friday, May 6, shows. This footage, captured by Current Time, the Russian-language service of Radio Free Europe, shows cyclists delivering supplies to elderly residents in Mykolaiv on May 3. According to one volunteer, Volodomyr, members of the group visit a local Red Cross facility to pick up the packages at the beginning of each day. “We call people to make sure they are waiting for us at home. The office prepares our orders. It can be food, health aids, or medicine. Then we go to the storage facility and collect the packages,” he said, according to the translation provided by Current Time. Red Cross coordinator Iryna Troshkina said she was initially reluctant to send volunteers on bicycles. “I used to ship cars to [different] places, but these guys asked me to send them instead. I was nervous because it is a combat zone, but I finally agreed to try it,” she said, according to the translation provided. The cyclist Volodomyr added that sometimes residents just need someone to talk to. “They want to talk about the weather or the situation in the city,” he said, according to a translation provided. “They ask where they can still get stuff and who they can call,” he added. Twenty volunteer cyclists are part of the group and ride an average of up to 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) each day, Current Time said. Credit: Current Time/RFE/RL via Storyful

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