About 40 people attended one of two pierogi workshops on Sunday in North Bay.
This is a fundraising event for The vest projectan initiative to raise funds to purchase protective equipment for Ukrainians.
People at the workshop were able to make pierogies from scratch and some were also sold to the North Bay community.
Handmade pierogies at the North Bay workshop in support of The Vest project. April 10/22 (Jaime McKee/CTV Northern Ontario)
The teachers at the workshop are Ukrainians and told CTV News it was important to be able to help their country, however small.
“If I could, I would go there and cook, but I really can’t,” Joann Zytaruk said.
“So the best I can do is cook here and raise money to send over there.”
She said she wanted people to realize how interesting Ukrainian culture is.
Organizers said events like this will continue to encourage people to keep donating to The Vest Project.
“Today is basically about getting people out, showing up, having fun, trying something new,” said Michelle Seguin, who organized Sunday’s event.
“It’s to support what’s going on there. If we can all do our little bit and help out, that would be great.”
Over $30,000 was raised in just two weeks.
“In one week, maybe two weeks, we were able to raise $32,000 thanks to the generosity of our community. It’s just amazing,” said Lorie Burns, one of the founders of The Vest Project.