Portsmouth ‘Rave 4 Ukraine’ revelers in an 6pm mini-festival to raise money for crucial humanitarian and medical aid


Southsea couple Olga Kravchenko and Kriss Baird teamed up with the Moonshine and Prohibition Club team at Granada Road to organize the event.

DJs, musicians and event organizers also contributed to the success of the event.

Three “mini events” took place from 9:00 a.m. on Sunday April 10 to 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, including yoga in the morning, family activities such as a “baby rave” in the afternoon, and clubbing in the evening.

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Olga and her partner Kriss. Photo: Sam Stephenson.

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Olga says her “heart is filled with love” after seeing the outpouring of support the fundraising event had.

The 27-year-old entrepreneur said: “Things are going really well – so many people, the turnout is amazing.”

“It’s amazing to see the support.

Partygoers appreciate the disco atmosphere. Photo: Sam Stephenson.

“Events like this are our way of inspiring the community to continue supporting Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees.

“All we asked for is that people come and have fun.”

The couple hope to raise around £3,000 with the event, which will go towards efforts by the Portsmouth-based Parenting Network to provide aid to Ukraine’s borders, as well as the Odessa-based humanitarian and medical aid organization YOUKraine Foundation. .

The Rave 4 Ukraine event ran from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Photo: Sam Stephenson.

Olga added: “Every penny we receive goes to charity.”

The Sunday afternoon family session was sold out, with about 50 families participating in a silent disco and painting, as well as a bake sale and a balloon artist.

Along with her fiancé Kriss, 40, who works for a blockchain company, Olga moved to Southsea in January 2021.

Olga’s mother and grandmother were present at the event, helping to run the silent disco.

Have fun at the silent disco. Photo: Sam Stephenson.

They were welcomed from kyiv to Portsmouth two weeks ago, and Olga says they felt “really loved by the community”.

She added: “I don’t quite understand how much trauma they went through to get here.” It was really difficult for them.

“Whenever we get upset, we just remember that there are people who don’t have homes, there are people who are dead.

“It breaks our hearts. It makes you feel like there’s a hole inside of you – but you can’t give up and you can’t get depressed.

Fun badgemaking at the event. Photo: Sam Stephenson.
Olga’s mother and grandmother at the silent disco. Photo: Sam Stephenson.

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