This past summer our team had a far-fetched idea of getting a Russian tank…then cutting it into pieces and selling those pieces to raise money for Ukrainian families. There is something very symbolic about taking a brutal instrument of war, a hunk of metal that came to kill Ukrainian families, and recycling it as a way to support those families. After almost 4 months of dead-ends, 100+ phone calls, countless hours of work, and an endless stream of failures, we realized it was essentially impossible to accomplish our goal. But the team in Ukraine, led by Diana Podolianchuk, just absolutely refused to give up…In late October we received the long awaited message…
Let’s convert evil into good – it will help Ukrainians fighting for freedom and support over 500 families!
Tank gun cut into pieces
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been tremendously supportive of our mission, helping with the transportation of the tank and promoting our project in Ukraine. We are deeply grateful to have Valerii as a project ambassador and for all of his support. He’s leading the Ukrainian Armed Forces in defending Ukraine, but is also helping countless families survive the war.
Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, has helped with both obtaining the tank and providing official approval for the project. Under his leadership, the agency has been instrumental in helping save Ukrainian lives. He has become a source of inspiration for Ukrainians around the world. We are honored to have Kyrylo as an ambassador for the project.