A CHARITY project has been launched to bring music and aid to orphans in a war-torn Ukrainian city.
Quinn Boylan, 24, of Widley, wants to raise at least £2,000 to buy food and medicine for 100 children in an orphanage.
Mr Boylan also wants to provide the youngsters with donated ukuleles.
He said the project aimed not only to improve the orphans’ lives, but also bring smiles to their faces.
‘I spoke to someone who has been doing aid work over there and he said that even getting second-hand clothes is really exciting for them,’ Mr Boylan said.
‘Getting an instrument should be even better.
‘I don’t think any of these kids will have ever had music lessons.
‘It’s something that’s going to encourage their creativity and their confidence.’ Mr Boylan, who works as a marketing executive, said he and Southsea music teacher Mark Griffiths would visit the orphanage in the city of Cerkasy in central Ukraine in April.
The city is just a few hundred miles away from fighting between government forces and separatists which has turned the east of the country into a war zone.
Mr Boylan said he had always wanted to do some kind of humanitarian work.
He said: ‘I’d heard about the huge number of children living in poverty there. One report I read said was it more than one million.
‘They are in need of clothes and medicine and so on, and then it occurred to me that because I’m a musician myself I could also bring them some music.’
Mr Boylan said he met Mr Griffiths at a music session called the Portsmouth Ukulele Jam he runs at the Kings pub in Albert Road, Southsea.
After hearing about the project, Mr Griffiths, 26, volunteered to help try to find ukuleles for the children and travel to Ukraine.
Mr Griffiths said: ‘It’s more than just handing over a bunch of clothes.
‘It’s a unique way to be able to share something with other people connect with them.’
To learn more or to donate to the project, visit gofundme.com/i05w48.