Ukrainian family grateful for support

Published 1:08pm 21 April 2023

Ukrainian family grateful for support
Words by Moreton Daily

Seventy double passes were raffled for last month’s sold-out ‘Battle for Brisbane’ match between the Dolphins and Broncos to raise money for a family who escaped war-torn Ukraine and are now living in Redcliffe.

In 24 hours, the community raised $10,000 for the Torchinska family in a bid to help reunite them with a beloved husband and father who remains in Ukraine and help with living expenses.

Developer and home builder Ausbuild donated 70 General Admission double passes, valued at $5,600, to be raffled for the sold-out match at Suncorp Stadium on March 24.

Ausbuild Joint Managing Director Matthew Bell says the outpouring of support from the local community helped surpass the original fundraising goal.

“As community partner of the Dolphins, we are privileged to be in a position to connect with the local community and raise awareness of social issues impacting our region and its families,” Mr Bell says.

|“The incredible generosity from the local community that dug deep to help this family has been overwhelming and epitomises true community spirit.”|

Dolphins NRL CEO Terry Reader says the Dolphins are proud of the role they play in the local community to assist wherever they can.

“It is even more rewarding when we are able to work with a partner like Ausbuild to help make these things happen,” he says.

Three generations of the Torchinska family fled Ukraine in 2022 and arrived in the Moreton Bay Region with few possessions.

Sasha Torchinska, mum of two and the only family member able to work in Australia, is grateful for the support the family has received from Moreton Bay since arriving in the country.

“Thanks to Ausbuild and DB Roofing, our family of five, have been able to make a home for ourselves in Redcliffe and enjoy new experiences like going to the football for the first time,” Mrs Torchinska says.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community, and the money raised from the Ausbuild raffle will go a long way with helping us cover living expenses and helping reunite our family.”

To find out more about the Torchinska family and to donate, visit the website

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