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Support continues for Ukraine from sport and live music 

Music and sporting organisations are continuing to raise funds for those suffering following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Beatport Livestream, which was launched by online music store Beatport at the start of the pandemic due to the cancellation of live events, will be streaming a fundraiser to benefit those fleeing Ukraine.

This Sunday, Beatport’s ReConnect virtual event will see a 20-hour electronic music livestream host performances from artists such as Chris Liebing, Nicole Moudaber, Joris Voorn and Ukrainian producer Daria Kolosova.

Funds raised from the event will go to charity Choose Love’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal, which will support projects providing aid, food, shelter, legal support and clothes.

The livestream will be made up of both real-world events happening in New York, Sydney, Lisbon and Berlin, along with artists performing streams from around the world. The livestream will be available on platforms such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook with viewers able to donate.

In English football, Colchester United’s game against Forest Green Rovers will raise money for Ukraine through ticket sales.

The League Two club has priced all tickets for the March 21 game at £10 regardless of location or concession, with all gate receipts being donated towards helping refugees.

Where a ticket has already been purchased, such as a season ticket, if the cost is less than £10, the club will make up the difference. Should Colchester gain permission from the English Football League (EFL), players will wear a unique yellow and blue kit for this fixture which will be auctioned after the game to raise further funds.

Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling said: “I’m sure many of you are feeling devastated by the events in the Ukraine. The generations in my family that came before me, including my parents, grandparents and great grandparents, fought for the freedom and the peace that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy during my lifetime.

“All I have been able to do so far is watch the news and marvel at the kindness being shown by those people in the countries that neighbour the Ukraine such as Poland and wonder what can be done to help those refugees that have been forced out of their homes and their normal lives and into a foreign country and an uncertain future.”

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