HeathMolly concertOWENSBORO, Ky. (4/24/14) — About 50 people turned out and many more donated to an effort to help raise funds for poverty stricken Ukraine Wednesday.

Music duo Heath & Molly performed for guests at the event, following a slideshow presentation of photos depicting life in Ukraine by Brescia University’s Professor of Human Services Greta McDonough. The images showed a scene of dilapidated buildings and roads, and other indications of the poor economic conditions in that region.

McDonough told SurfKY News she first got involved with the needs there after traveling to the region with a group of social workers last year.

“The infrastructure is almost non-existent,” she said when asked what the area is like.

Many of the roads she traveled were so full of potholes that the driver had to maneuver slowly around them, keeping their vehicle from going much more than 10 miles per hour most of the time, she added.

Since her visit, McDonough said the situation has become even worst due to the current civil unrest.

“Getting food in and out of there has become very expensive,” she said. “It’s impacting jobs and opportunities.”

Funds raised from Wednesday night’s benefit will go directly to Caritas, the charity organization working to provide relief for citizens in Ukraine. McDonough said the charity organization would be the most knowledgeable about where to best use the funds to help provide aid.

Those wanting to provide donations may do so through Sister Cities and Regions by contacting Pam Wilson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

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