A former Ayr high street busker organised a concert in rural Canada and helped to raise $18k for those struggling in Ukraine. 

Callum Morrison, who sang traditional Scottish songs in his busking set,s had only a week to plan the event but managed to host a successful fundraising concert. 

The "Support Ukraine Fundraising Concert" in aid of MCC’s Ukraine Emergency Response last week at The Exchange, Altona, Manitoba, raised $15,000 from the concert, and a total of $18,000 once the matching from Friesens Corporation and Ens Quality Seed are included.

The concert was also incredibly important for the local community. Western Canada has a huge Ukrainian diaspora. 

Callum said: "The evening was also important to the local Ukrainian community. Many said it was special for them to see such support from our local community, artists, performers, and businesses." 

Callum also received a message from a friend of his who is actually in Ukraine currently, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR07PzFjEwNjMMd99F4nyf2FO6IbSvuzexDpoiLAF2h8Z6Vx-YCYhCSA5m0&v=8U3h7ZxySQU&feature=youtu.be 

While the sum of $18k is fantastic work the donations can still continue to be collected for the event. 

Callum said: "We are hoping that number will climb ever higher as we are still accepting donations made directly though our MCC directory: https://donate.mcccanada.ca/registry/ukraine-support-concert-altona."

The concert can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOsOuM0AGIA