Leinster Rugby player Alex Soroka has set up a fundraiser to send support to the people of Ukraine in their hour of greatest need.

Soroka and his family are raising funds for Okhmadits Children’s Hospital in Ukraine to help the children affected by the war thus far, who are in desperate need of financial help which will allow them to purchase basic equipment and medicine needed to help the children.

Line Up Sports, in conjunction with Esportif, have donated a signed 2018 Grand Slam signed rugby jersey to contribute to Alex’s efforts.

Over €35,000 has been raised to date and this latest initiative will kick off today, Wednesday 16th of March, ahead of the final Guinness Six Nations game against Scotland this weekend.

By donating €20 here, you will be entered into a draw to win the Irish Rugby Shirt above, kindly donated by Vodafone Ireland.

The winner will be picked at 5 pm on Sunday the 20th of March and announced on @AlexSoroka55’s Instagram page.

“It’s hard to believe what is currently happening in Ukraine and we offer our support to Alex, his family and friends and the Okhmadits Children’s Hospital,” said Line Up Sports Founder David McHugh. “Our hope is that our athletes and our social channels will assist in raising much-needed support for the people of Ukraine.”

“I am Ukrainian and a lot of my friends and family are over there,” added Soroka It means a lot to help them and I’m grateful for all the support to date from my teammates and from the Irish people for getting behind this and supporting my fundraising efforts.”

Both of Alex’s parents are Ukrainian and he was born in Ireland before going to school in Belvedere College and playing club rugby with Clontarf FC. Alex’s extended family and friends are still in Ukraine.