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Order of Malta Australia


Ukraine update: Order of Malta network supports refugees


Pictured: At the Lviv train station and at the borders, up to 1,000 hot meals are served by Malteser aid workers each day. Photo: Taras Gipp / Malteser Urkraine


To everyone who has donated to the Ukrainian aid appeal – thank you. The Australian Association has raised over $80,000 to support the relief effort and the latest report from our International Relief Agency, Malteser International, advises that the combined efforts of the Order’s Associations and organisations that operate in Eastern Europe have so far provided:

    • Food, help, and medical assistance to over 200,000 people at border crossings
    • Over 30,000 meals to displaced people in Ukraine
    • 18 truckloads of medical supplies, food, and other materials, with more planned
    • Volunteer mobile medical teams in Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine

However, despite the overwhelming generosity of Order of Malta donors worldwide, there is a need for further aid as the conflict continues.

Since Russia invaded the Ukraine on February 24, 2022, fighting has caused over two hundred civilian deaths and pushed millions of Ukrainians to flee to their homes to neighbouring countries or parts of the Ukraine yet to be targeted.

According to official estimates, more than 200,000 displaced people from eastern Ukraine are currently in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. The city is already overcrowded. Relief organisations like Malteser International receive the arriving people at several assembly points. There, they receive food, warm clothing, blankets, and medical care if needed, and are distributed among shelters. “Tables and benches have been removed from schools – the refugees sleep on cots or on the floor. There are far too many people for the room that is available,” said Pavlo Titko, Head of Malteser Ukraine.

Every day, the Order of Malta distributes food and beverages. At the Lviv train station up to 1,000 hot meals are served each day. During the night, temperature drop to minus twelve degrees.

This sadly is a situation repeated at border countries, where the Order’s Associations and organisations are welcoming refugees fleeing the conflict.

Already 3 million people fleeing the conflict have crossed into neighbouring countries with this figure expected to double. There is an urgent need for food, medical supplies and shelter, as the number of displaced people continue to rise.

Please consider a donation to our Emergency Relief Fund to support those impacted by the conflict. You can do so using one of the following methods:

    • DIRECT DEPOSIT to The Order of Malta, BSB 083 453, Acc: 44888 1897 Please use the description “UKRAINE” and email to help us identify your donation and issue a receipt.
    • CHEQUES made payable to ‘The Order of Malta’ and sent to Ukraine Appeal, The Order of Malta, PO Box 79 Caringbah, NSW 1495

Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and donations of $2 and more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers..

Thank you for your support. Please remember the people of the Ukraine in your prayers during these troubling times.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.