The Roebuck Bay Hotel will host a fundraising event for Ukrainian refugees displaced by the ongoing war after a Polish resident of Broome appealed to the community.
Milena Balik, 31, from Poland and living in Broome on a qualified sponsor visa for four years, said the idea was born out of a sense of helplessness in the face of struggles in Europe.
“For someone from Poland, we know exactly what it means from our grandparents, they’ve been there,” she said.
“Everyone is just in shock now that one of our neighbors is going through the same thing in the 21st century.
“Seeing all the refugees from Ukraine made me feel very helpless to be so far away, so I decided that instead of just saying I support them, I would try to do something.”
Ms Balik said she took the idea to the Broome community who immediately answered the call.
“The response from the community has been so amazing and overwhelming that there are a few groups in town that I’ve messaged and everyone, absolutely everyone, has decided to do it for free.”
One of Broome’s favorite venues – the Roebuck Bay Hotel – has also offered its space for an event.
Several groups will perform, including Puertside, Big Broome String, the Mexicans, JHS and the Specs, as well as a dance troupe and a performance by a drag queen.
There will be a raffle and people will walk around collecting donations.
Local clothing company Clobber and Stitch has also agreed to make merchandise for the event.
Ms Balik said she hoped this was just the start of plans to help Ukrainian refugees.
“I want them to see that they are supported everywhere, even in remote places on the other side of the world,” she said.
The fundraiser will take place at the Roebuck Hotel on April 1 at 7 p.m. and will cost $25, with all ticket sales going to the Global Giving charity.
You can donate to the fundraiser at https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/broome-stands-with-ukraine/