The weeks roll past with no resolution in sight – here’s the update from our team efforts:
Jacky Malotaux continues to raise funds to purchase much-needed ponchos for refugees arriving on Leros. Having recently visited Greece where she has family, Jacky has set up a targeted fund here. These ponchos are essential as the weather worsens. These photos of young Aya on the Serbian border show just how important it is that refugees are kitted out before they start their journey on land. Read Aya’s story here.
Debbie Andrews is in the process of launching the great Sock Appeal – watch our Facebook group for details.
Sarah Berry is returning to Calais and Dunkerque in November. Please contact her to contribute to the fund for fresh food and other items that will be bought there.
Jeni Jen, a professional tent-maker, continues with her project to build large bell tents suitable for Calais. Canvas has been ordered, but additional funding is required as well as hands to sew. Find out more here / read an interview here (in French).
Bikes are needed in both Calais and Bordeaux. We are delivering 5 soon, but if you have any sitting unused, please post on the Facebook group or contact us. Read our blog to see just how important they are.
COLLECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
See the map here.
THURS 22 OCT: Sorting day with Roni Sidwick in Cellfrouin (16), 10am-5pm. See how our first day went here.
WEDS 28 OCT: Sorting day with Ros Petherick near Thiviers (24). Donations will be accepted every Friday, plus other days with prior appointment.
THURS 29 OCT: Sorting day in Escanecrabe 31350 from 10am to 4pm, in preparation for Gary’s trip up on the 9th November.
MON 9 NOV: Gary McArthur is driving from the south of France via Paris to Calais, delivering to the collection for Iraq in Paris before volunteering at Calais. He can pick up items en route if they are pre-sorted and you can meet him on his route (which is already 1000km).
TUES 17 NOV: Distribution convoy from Hub53 to Calais – transport and drivers wanted. Some drivers will stay to volunteer, so do join the convoy if you would like to stay and help too.
SUN 29 NOV: Vide Dressing/Vente de Bric-à-Brac 10.00 – 16.00 Salle polyvalente, Availles-Limouzine 86015 – Volunteers required. Contact Phillip Mold for details.
TRUCK TO IRAQ: There are several deliveries to Paris scheduled from Poitou-Charentes, Midi-Pyrénées and Côte d’Azur for the shipment directly to a camp in Iraq . Please contact us for more information.
The residents of the Bordeaux Camp have now found temporary accommodation for the winter (abandoned buildings and a warehouse). See the Bordeaux group to find out what they require.
Beziers Camp: Some families are moving into social housing after applying for asylum. The remaining families need regular food drops which are being managed by the Languedoc group. If you live locally please contribute.
Italy Border: Aid is now required at Red Cross / Caritas camp. See Cote d’Azur group for details.
Calais & Dunkerque: The camps are swelling in size with latest estimates of 6,000 in Calais alone. The camp was condemned when 3,000 individuals were there so conditions are now dire. In addition, more families and children are arriving. Sarah Berry has just returned after volunteering and will be going back in November. There is conflicting information about what is required/being accepted, so please follow this flow chart to make sure your visit is organised.
Please sign this petition asking the French government to step in.
T Jazzy Davies has welcomed a Syrian father and his son from Calais in need of some respite from camp conditions. Money has been raised for their day-to-day costs but more is needed for incidental costs. Send Paypal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS TO:
Jake Temple for volunteering on the Austrian border.
The website team on getting the French version up and running so fast. We do need more help to translate these blogs – please shout up if you can join the translation team.
Jane Kerrigan for donating an i-Pad mini to the Syrian family. It has been a huge help with communication, recreation and education.
Kathy Gower on setting up and manning our new Twitter account CalaisandBeyond.
Superhub53 sorting team. They are in here somewhere!
If you are not a member of the FB group, you can contact us to get in touch with the relevant person.