- Kalush Orchestra, which won Eurovision in 2022, auctioned its trophy to support the war effort in Ukraine.
- The group raised $900,000 for planes.
- Kalush Orchestra won the competition on May 15 after performing a song called “Stefania”.
Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that won the Eurovision Song Contest, auctioned off their trophy to raise money for Ukrainian troops during the war against Russia.
On Sunday, the band raised $900,000 with a Facebook auction of their crystal trophy. The money will go to the Ukrainian Armed Forces for the purchase of several aircraft, Reuters reported.
The group won the contest on May 15 after performing a song called “Stefania”. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy publicly praised the orchestra, which performed in Italy, and said Ukraine would host the competition next year.
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host the Eurovision Song Contest,” Zelenskyy said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The orchestra said their victory was “for every Ukrainian” and that they would not celebrate their victory until “after the war”, the Belfast Telegraph reported.