Rather belated update for a very busy summer.
In August Mike Niklas & friends did a sponsored cycle to Paris, raising £700 for us for refugees in France and Greece. More money was raised by our volunteers throughout the summer at assorted
carboots and markets.
On 27th September we held a talk at the Avenues Centre by immigration advisor Jayne Mercer, on the process of seeking asylum, and volunteer Anne Bates on her work with refugees in Greece. The slides from Jayne's talk are available if you missed it.
common and the police in Calais are relentlessly brutal about moving people on, destroying destroying tents, sleeping bags, shoes, and personal possessions. We have sent funds to Samos and our friend Anne in Athens to buy medical supplies.
Over 1000 sleeping bags were salvaged at two festivals in August, and all washed by September thanks to help from many people of Hull. Sleeping bags and tents have been donated in several trips made in September and October to Care4Calais for distribution. The October mini-convoy to Calais took several volunteers to help out for a few days, as well as sleeping bags and clothes, plus food ingredients for Refugee Community Kitchen, and medical supplies for MARDI (Medical Aid for Refugees and Displaced People) in Paris. If you are interested in going on a future trip with us and volunteering for a few days (or more) with Care4Calais, please get in touch! They are always in need of volunteers.
Roddy from Hope and Aid Direct picked up two more vanloads of donated goods from us, to another Convoy to Greece. They are seeking donations to help pay the transportation costs - you can sponsor a
Our stalls at Cottingham Green Fair in October raised over £150, plus additional monies from sales of Care4Calais's Paddington t-shirts - these are still for sale for £10, in various colours and sizes. Please get in touch if you want one.
Our Appeal page has been updated to reflect current needs in Calais. Particularly in need are WATERPROOF BOOTS - many refugees are in flip flops and sandals. Other ways to help: Friends for English need volunteers to help refugees and asylum seekers in Hull improve their English. We are also seeking donations for our Xmas stall - tombola prizes and unused make up and toiletries for gift packs.
At the end of June we hosted a production of The Castaways at the Avenues Centre, a play by White Tree Theatre.
We can wholeheartedly recommend this amazing work and if you would like to bring the play to your area, please contact them via their website. After talking with some of the refugees who volunteer with us, White Tree Theatre is now developing a second play, which will hopefully be touring next year. We will certainly aim to bring it to Hull.
One very hot day in July was spent at the Ella Street Festival, a brilliant day out with sandpits, colour fights and cakes. We raised a total of £270, with thanks to Glitterati for donating the money they raised as well. We also stewarded the Centre for the Avenues Open Gardens and were able to talk to a few potential donors and volunteers.
Car boots at Walton Street are back on, now that Walton Street has reopened, but our next big event is the Rummage Sale on Sunday 5th August, 1-4pm. It was very successful in May, and this one will be bigger and better, with several additional stalls selling clothing, jewellery, ceramics and accessories, as well of course lots of delicious homemake cakes.
On 16 June we hosted The Big Share at the Avenues, inviting people to bring food to share, as part of Hull Refugee Week 2018, which continues until the 26th of June. It was a free event but we still raised £83 thanks to some generous donations, and also ate a lot of amazing food. Please have a look at the other events on this week:
On Saturday 23rd June we will also be having a stall at Engage for Change, a music festival celebrating community, hope and activism in Queens Gardens - 11am - 6pm. There will be music, art, debate, stalls, family activities and more.
During May we were very busy preparing for our first rummage sale at the Avenues Centre, which was extremely successful - we will be having another one in August with even more clothes,cakes and stalls so look out for that. The £500 we raised went straight to Refugee Community Kitchen.
Also in May was another of our popular music events at Kardomah94. It was tremendously successful, raising £700, with £300 going directly to Refugee's Refuge in Athens, who look after destitute people in Athens. We also donated £300 in May to Friends for English, who help refugees in Hull improve their English. Please contact them if you are interested in volunteering - no special skills needed!
Other fundraising activities, as well as our regular carboots, included £300 raised at a birthday party, with invitees asked to bring a plate of food and a donation instead of gifts. Please let us know if you'd like to host a fundraising event!
More donations have been sent off in June, leaving us looking again for more donations. We are particularly in need of more men's shoes, constantly in demand in Calais due to police stealing them from refugees and homeless people.
On the 16th of April a large car load of donations went to Calais Refugee Aid in Huddersfield, and will shortly be going to Calais. We stuffed in most of the donations we had packed into our storage room -- which of course means now we need more donations to refill it.
Care4Calais are really struggling to meet the need in Calais, especially for sleeping bags, as the winter has been so cold and the police have been destroying the possessions of refugees and leaving them with nothing. If you have any donations please contact us, we are happy to collect. As always sleeping bags, tents and mens boots, socks and small/medium clothes are in the shortest supply. You can also buy sleeping bags to be delivered directly to a refugee in need, at leisurefayre.
Our fashion show on the 17th was hugely successful, thanks to Kathleen V., organiser in chief, as well as all our beautiful models, volunteers and attendees. We raised nearly £600 and sold a LOT of clothes (but somehow still had plenty to pack up at the end of the night).
Lots more photos in our facebook album.
We will be holding a rummage sale to sell the remaining clothes (and plenty of new finds) at the Avenues Centre on Sunday May 13th, from 1pm to 4 pm. Lots of bargains to be had.
We also had the first car boot of the year at Walton Street on the 21st, and raised £150 from selling unneeded donations.
Our next big fundraiser is on May 16th - another one of our music nights at Kardomah. Mr Manmohan Singh (songs from Afghanistan), Dog-finger Steve (bringing blues from the delta via Driffield) and of course your favourite ukulele band The Assembly Line (songs from everywhere) and finally ... the best acapella all male voices in East Yorkshire, Answers on a Postcard. It starts at 7pm and tickets will be £7.50. Our last event was a sell out so get your tickets early!