"Look around. Life is ongoing": Dutchman runs from Amsterdam to Kyiv to raise money for ambulances for Ukraine
The Netherlands citizen Boas Kragtwijk organized a charity run from Amsterdam to Kyiv to raise funds for ambulances for Ukraine. He arrived in Rivne on September 2.
This was reported by Suspilne, whose journalists spoke to the athlete. He noted that he decided to travel a distance of more than 2500 km to buy rescue vehicles for Ukrainians (to see the video, scroll to the end of the news).
"Ambulances that the organization sends to the combat zone are equipped with everything necessary in the Netherlands. They save 20 to 30 lives every day in Ukraine. Such an ambulance costs about 30,000 euros," Kragtwijk said.
"I meet united and strong people all over Ukraine. I look around and I see that life goes on. You remain strong. This feeling of your strength gives me the strength to run," the athlete added.
Local runners on Independence Square welcomed him and ran with him to the City Council.
Kragtwijk started in Amsterdam on July 22, planning to run about 50 kilometers every day for 50 days. He is followed by his manager and photographer in a recreational van. Kragtwijk has raised 22 thousand euros on his GoFundMe page "Ultra4Ukraine" after 10 days and about 500 kilometers of running. The runner is to reach Kyiv on September 10.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the seventh half-marathon, which united athletes, amateurs, defenders and the indomitable spirit of Ukrainians, was held in Lviv. A new distance called Mile of Invincibily was reached by 12-year-old Yana Stepanenko, who lost both legs during the shelling of the train station in Kramatorsk.