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Ballyshannon musician’s appeal for laptops for Ukrainian children


Respected Ballyshannon musician Eddie McFarlane, who is currently helping teach Bundoran-based Ukrainian refugee children voluntary music lessons, has appealed for old or unused laptops, after quickly realizing that many ‘of them did not have access to these devices or were using hacked phones.

He told this week’s edition of Donegal Democrat: ‘I know they are currently fighting this but they are a very proud people and they just don’t like to ask, especially as they are already so happy to be taken care of in terms of social protection and other ways.
“I volunteer with the Ukrainian community in Bundoran.
“I don’t belong to any organization and there are a few of us who teach music to Ukrainian children.

“They are a friendly, warm and proud people who are really very grateful for the help they receive from Ireland.

“But I learned that they had very few laptops.

“They communicate with Ukraine using phones (some with cracked screens). They have very few laptops that they share as best they can, but it’s very difficult as you can imagine.

He added: “Laptops would make it easier for them to stay connected at home via skype or facetime and would make life easier in general.
“Companies, schools, periodically replace laptops and old ones are sent for recycling.
It would be great if they could donate it to the Ukrainian community instead of getting rid of it. I know it would make a real difference for them in an incredibly difficult time for them.
“Sometimes people want to help but don’t know how best to do it. Well, this is an opportunity to do something for them that would benefit them greatly.
If anyone would like to help with the call, please do not hesitate to contact Eddie on [email protected] or by phone (086) 0263357.