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Closed 31/12/2022

raised of £50,000 target by 407 supporters

    Weʼve raised £18,930 to Print explosive hazard awareness playing cards for Ukraine

    Copthorne, Sussex, England
    Funded on Saturday, 31st December 2022

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    The war in Ukraine has left vast quantities of abandoned and unexploded ordnance (bombs, grenades, landmines, missiles, rockets, shells etc) scattered across the country. These munitions pose a major risk to everybody living and working there, including local people, aid workers and soldiers. Awareness cards can help save lives.

    Five million refugees are expected to return to Ukraine when the war ends. These people will encounter ordnance in and around their homes and workplaces, including the fields essential to the agricultural industry. Clearance will take years, during which time people will be exposed to danger from a wide variety of ordnance on a daily basis.

    Risk awareness is simply the most cost-effective solution to saving lives and limbs.

    Fenix Insight is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) company that works all over the world and has close ties with the EOD community in Ukraine. Their extensive knowledge of the weapons used there has allowed them to assemble these cards, showing the primary threats from the many types of ordnance known to be present.

    Fenix pioneered the use of playing cards for explosive hazard awareness and has proven them to be effective in many post-conflict situations, ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen. Playing cards are cheap, portable and always popular, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or background.

    These cards have text in Ukrainian and English, with each pack showing around 60 different items of ordnance. Not only does this allow people to recognise threats, but it also means that they can report them accurately to the authorities that will clear them.

    Fenix has self-funded the design and production of the first 10,000 packs, but many more are needed; they want to provide at least another 100,000.

    One pack of cards, costing less than £2, could potentially save the life of a child – or possibly an entire family. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated.



    • Colin King (Fenix Insight)5 months ago
      Colin King (Fenix Insight)

      Colin King (Fenix Insight)

      5 months ago

      With it being that time of year, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We'd also like to take this time to thank all the people who have supported this initiative; thanks to you, we have now delivered the third print run of 10,000 packs. We shall continue this important work into the New Year, and keep striving to reach our set goal. Below is an image of some children playing with our cards, showing you're never too young to learn about explosive hazards. We wish them, and all of you, a safe and happy New Year.

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    • Colin King (Fenix Insight)6 months ago
      Colin King (Fenix Insight)

      Colin King (Fenix Insight)

      6 months ago

      It's great to see our cards being used as an educational resource. We have heard that Ukrainian schools and museums are now using our Explosive Hazard Awareness Playing Cards as an interactive and engaging training aid to teach kids about UXO in a safe way. None of this would have been possible without your support, so we'd just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has donated, and helped us in trying to achieve our fundraising goal.

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    • Colin King (Fenix Insight)8 months ago
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      Colin King (Fenix Insight)

      8 months ago

      We have recently received this photo from Ivan who is currently in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In it you can see a man holding a partially detonated PFM-1, along with the relevant Explosive Hazard Awareness playing card. It's good to see that our campaign is proving effective assisting the soldiers, aid workers and civilians in identifying the UXO hazards around them.

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    • Don Cabra

      Don Cabra

      Dec 30, 2022

      Slava Ukraini - get the message out there. If these cards were available now I'd by a box .


    • Lindsey


      Dec 28, 2022

      Lovely Christmas lights at Milton Street :)


    • Alex Edwards

      Alex Edwards

      Dec 25, 2022


    • Jiselle Trajano

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      Dec 24, 2022


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      Dec 24, 2022


    • Scott and Lynsey

      Scott and Lynsey

      Dec 24, 2022

      Your lights brought a big smile to our kids faces.


    • Jasmine


      Dec 24, 2022

      Saw this lovely cause at a house raising money in Charlton Street. Great job everyone involved


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    Colin King (Fenix Insight)

    Colin King (Fenix Insight)

    Copthorne, Sussex, England

    Colin King served 14 years in the British Army, mostly in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He was a British EOD School instructor, the sole MoD EOD analyst, and led the first British team to train Afghan deminers before his final tour with the Gurkhas. He co-directs Fenix Insight.

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