Two sports clubs at opposite ends of England are joining forces to support Ukraine and bring help to the unfolding refugee crisis. Canterbury Rugby Club and the Marine Football Club in Liverpool are jointly supporting an initiative by the Canterbury-based Marine Travel Company. The company is principal sponsor of both clubs. It is being driven by Marine Travel’s Managing director, Dave Thompson, who is actively assisting in the supply of vital materials to the people of Ukraine. 

It is hard to move without being exposed to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine. The conflict has shocked and mobilised in equal measure. The political landscape is in the balance due to the protagonists involved, but that should not sway us from our moral obligation of offering support and comfort to the innocents caught up in the constant bombardment and uncertainty the Ukrainians currently find themselves in. 

We must use all platforms available to us to advocate for a peaceful and humanitarian resolution. Sport has always been a global unifying voice and in this spirit Canterbury RUFC and Marine FC have come together to support an initiative being driven by Marine Travel Managing Director Dave Thompson. 

At Canterbury RUFC warm clothes can be donated to be despatched to Krakow in Poland and distributed amongst the ever-growing populations of Ukrainian refugees seeking to escape the devastation unfolding in their country. 

Online, a Go Fund Me page has been set up to collect financial donations that will be directly used to ease the suffering of those caught up in a situation not of their own making or design. 

Both clubs will use their considerable online influence to promote Dave’s efforts to ensure we are doing more than just listening to what is happening but doing our part to join hands and help those in need. 

Both clubs’ Chairmen stand united in their support.

“At this time, we need to stand together to support the people of Ukraine who are facing such terrible circumstances and Canterbury RUFC and Marine FC are united in the message that we all need to do what we can to help what is a dreadful situation which in 2022 should not be happening.  

Marine FC and Canterbury RUFC are both sponsored by Marine Travel and MD Dave Thompson who is actively assisting to provide aid in the supply of vital materials to the people of Ukraine at the borders of Poland and Ukraine.”
Paul Leary, Chairman Marine FC 

“Team sport is reliant upon individuals to pull together to achieve their overall performance. The current circumstances in Ukraine highlights this. We must all be together to achieve.  

Through one person, Dave Thompson, President of Marine AFC and Principal Sponsor of both Marine and Canterbury RFC, united through his company Marine Travel both Clubs are pleased to be supporting his initiative to bring much needed aid and humanitarian supplies to war torn Ukraine. Please visit either Club’s website or donate financially through go fund me link”
Giles Hilton MBE, Canterbury RUFC Chairman 

The Go Fund Me page can be reached at the following web address – 

Canterbury RUFC – 

Marine FC –

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