13:22 29 Jul 2023

UNITED24 Ambassador Scott Kelly has raised $600,000 for ambulances for Ukrainian doctors

Former American astronaut, pilot, and emergency medical technician, and now the ambassador of the UNITED24 fundraising platform, Scott Kelly, raised $650,000 for ambulances. 

Rubryka reports that he met with Ukrainian medical workers online, who told him about the constant shelling of the brigades and the importance of the donated cars.

Scott talked about his own experience working in the medical field and expressed his admiration for their heroism and self-sacrifice.

"I chose the ambulances because I used to be a young EMT. When I was in high school, I volunteered. Later I had a paid job in the city," said Scott Kelly. "I saw some trauma. We had some shootings and stabbings. I actually delivered a baby in a housing project when I was  18 years old. I have been so inspired by you, but also happy that I could help in any way possible." 

Kelly also asked medics to share their stories to better understand their work. The astronaut was told about the constant shelling of emergency teams and their transport and was also thanked for the ambulances for which he helped raise funds and which are already saving lives.

"On one of the last calls, a soldier was transported in an extremely difficult condition. Thanks to your car, we brought him quickly. The most experienced and best intensive care teams leave on this specialized car. Every day we help people and save lives," said Svitlana Solodovychenko, a doctor of the Emergency Department of the 8th department of the Center for Emergency Medical Assistance in the city of Kharkiv.


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"Our substation serves about 40 settlements, most located in the border area under constant shelling. We are very grateful for the car, which has everything to provide high-quality medical care," shared Natalia Drobot, paramedic of the emergency service, Ternopil substation.

Minister of Health Viktor Liashko was present at the meeting. He thanked the doctors for their work, UNITED24 for working together to develop the healthcare sector, and Scott Kelly for his support. He assured that the fruitful cooperation between the ministry, the platform, and its ambassador will continue.

You can donate to new ambulances at the following link: http://u24.gov.ua/donate/humanitarian

On October 27 last year, American astronaut and former US Navy captain Scott Joseph Kelly joined the UNITED24 fundraising platform. Kelly develops the Medical assistance direction. His first project is a fundraiser for C-class ambulances. Kelly discussed his ideas for supporting Ukraine and the development of UNITED24 during an online meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What we know about UNITED24

The President of Ukraine initiated the fundraising platform as the main window for donations in support of Ukraine. In more than a year of operation of the UNITED24 fundraising platform, more than $360,000,000 has been donated from more than 110 countries.

UNITED24 ambassadors include singer and actress Barbra Streisand, American actors Mark Hamill, Liev Schreiber, and Misha Collins, actresses Catherine Vinnyk and Ivanna Sakhno, band Imagine Dragons, art director of Balenciaga Demna, filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, astronaut Scott Kelly, historian Timothy Snyder, British entrepreneur Richard Branson, country singer Brad Paisley, British traveler Bear Grylls, philosopher and economist Francis Fukuyama, Nobel laureates Paul Nurse, Edward Moser and May-Britt Moser, outstanding Ukrainian athletes Andrii Shevchenko, Elina Svitolina, Oleksandr Usyk, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

As Rubryka reported, Ukrainian football player and coach Andrii Shevchenko became the first ambassador of the United24 fundraising platform. Hollywood stars supported Ukraine at TOP USA Awards in New York. 

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