Apopka high school student with Ukrainian roots raises $10,000 in donations

A local high school student has started a fundraiser that is attracting the attention of other schools. Max Balon is half Ukrainian and half Russian and his family still lives in both countries. He took it upon himself to start a fundraiser at his school in Trinity Prep to help gather medical supplies and other necessities for Ukrainians. Balon created an Amazon wishlist and partnered with the Ukrainian Church of Apopka to do it all. Trinity Prep has sent a letter to students, staff and parents with the information and plans to do more promotion on the school‘s social media pages. In just a few days, the school raised nearly $10,000 worth of items. Dean. I contacted a group of teachers. The Latin teacher at our school really helped me,” he said. “She is from Poland and she has good connections.” Another area high school has expressed interest in partnering with Balon, but says they are still working out the details. Balon set April 8 as the deadline to purchase the supplies and send them to Ukraine. “It makes me so happy,” Balon said. “I’m doing everything I can to help from such a long distance.”

A local high school student has started a fundraiser that is attracting the attention of other schools.

Max Balon is half Ukrainian and half Russian and his family still lives in both countries. He took it upon himself to start a fundraiser at his school in Trinity Prep to help gather medical supplies and other necessities for Ukrainians.

Balon created a Amazon Wishlist and partnered with the Ukrainian Church of Apopka to do it all.

Trinity Prep has sent a letter to students, staff and parents with the information and plans to do more promotion on the school’s social media pages. In just a few days, the school raised nearly $10,000 worth of items.

Balon says it’s been a long process to get the ball rolling, but he’s happy to see his efforts gain momentum.

“I went to the principal. I went to the dean. I contacted a group of teachers. The Latin teacher at our school really helped me,” he said. “She is from Poland and she has good connections.”

Another area high school has expressed interest in partnering with Balon, but he says they are still working out the details.

Balon has set April 8 as the deadline for purchasing supplies ready to be sent to Ukraine.

“It makes me so happy,” Balon said. “I’m doing everything I can to help from such a long distance.”

Martha K. Merrill