Our goal is to win ASAP
On February 24, Alina woke up at 5 a.m. to the sounds of explosions and civil defence sirens. For a while, she just sat on the bed and shook with the fear that gripped her.
In times of war everyone wants to be useful, but not everyone knows exactly what to do and where to go. Alina says they had no such problems from the first days. They contacted all the colleagues and athletes of the organization and started volunteering. TMS League organization, together with Alina, continues to work, help the military and specifically our athletes who are now defending Ukraine. Initially, they helped those people they knew. Later, the organization was approached by guys from the Armed Forces with a request for medicines.
The president of TMS League contacted their partners in Israel, and they provided a large amount of medicines that were delivered to the Ministry. Then all the medicines were distributed to the military and hospitals. Almost all of their volunteer help is provided by the money of the organization and their partners. Each of the TMS League organization is also engaged in volunteer activities personally and on a targeted aid basis. They search and send cars for the military, order medicines, and deliver humanitarian aid.
Alina works specifically with the athletes who are at the front lines and organizes what they need: knee pads, body armor, pads, helmets, knives, campers, military tactical first-aid kits, tourniquets, power banks, etc. Alina provides all the help at her own expense. She says that all the athletes who are now fighting for Ukraine are very inspiring, each has their own interesting motivational story.
After the war is over, Alina really wants to get to Zaporizhzhya, to her mom; she is extremely worried for her and can’t persuade her to evacuate. Alina and her team want to return to their activities and resume sports competitions. The whole organization plans to help rebuild destroyed cities and neighborhoods.
Before the War
I am the media director of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organization TMS League
Site of Operation