WELCOME TO THE REFUGEE SUPPORT EXPRESS
Today, we’re celebrating some of the many talented and incredible volunteers that we’ve been fortunate enough to work with in recent months.
From hiking to hummus, there seems to be no limits to the boundless creativity and determination of our volunteers; and we remain astounded by how many people are willing to give up their time to help those who need it most.
So, whether you’re a long term, short term, new or well-seasoned volunteer, thank you for your support and solidarity. No action is too small, and you are a bunch to be reckoned with!
Here’s just a few of the things that our volunteers have been up to over the past few weeks:
Love from LM village
Refugee Support superstar, Susan Daniels, is back in Greece for her fifth? volunteering stint in Greece; and as always, she’s been leading the team and the camp with determination and dignity.
In under a week, Sue and her team managed to clear, stock and reopen the free market at LM village – a small camp which we were excited to return to at the beginning of May.
It was no mean feat, but Sue and the team did a fantastic job, and proved that the best things really do come in small packages!
Riding for Refugees
Last week, volunteer Ian McAuslane cycled an incredible 138 miles for refugees.
Cycling over four days and climbing over 12,000 feet, Ian tackled this incredible feat with partner John Strahan, and raised an incredible £2,000 for refugees!
Well done Ian and John!
Stomping in solidarity
Last month, a team of twenty volunteers completed the trekking fundraiser of a lifetime, as they retraced the refugee route through the FYR Macedonia mountains.
Retracing the Refugee Route: Day 1, Idomeni
Retracing the Refugee Route: Day 2, FYROM
Retracing the Refugee Route: Day 3, Gevgelija
Retracing the Refugee Route: Day 4, Along the Railway
Retracing the Refugee Route: Day 5, A Destination
The team raised a staggering total of nearly £50,000!!!
Well done to everyone!
Reflecting for refugees
‘It’s been 3 months now since Katsikas, and I still think of Jasmine and Dahlia and their family and the other people I met there every day. My hope is that somehow their long wait will be over soon, and that a future full of promise awaits them in a country they can call home.’
This week, Cathy, who volunteered at Katsikas camp in February, has written a stunning account of her time at Katsikas.
We always appreciate feedback and stories from volunteers about their time working with us. Each day in a volunteer’s life is challenging and different – but your stories help us to illustrate the differences that we can all make to someone else’s life.
If you’d like to volunteer at a refugee camp and help refugees, check out more of our volunteer stories for an insight into the day in the life of a volunteers. We have space for people from 20 June-15 July, and from 30 July.
Aiding with technology
A special thank you to Pragmatic, Andrew Robillard, Frederica Cerqueira, Susi Doherty and Chloe Murphy for the hard work they do to help refugees with digital dignity.
Andrew (in California) and Frederica (in Portugal) run our Twitter and Instagram accounts, which are a vital part of spreading our message of solidarity and awareness. The rest of the team is Brighton based. Pragmatic recently rebooted our website; transforming it into a smart, speed machine that will help users navigate change quicker than ever before. Susi runs our monthly email newsletter and sorted out our GDPR obligations last month (unlike the vast majority of organisations spamming us all in the last few days!). [From Paul: and Chloe who does a brilliant job writing this newsletter every week!]
There’s so much you can do to help refugees from your own computer screen, or from using your own skills. If you’d love to help refugees but volunteering on a refugee camp doesn’t suit you for now, can you help raise awareness about what we do? Get in touch with us today to see how you can use your skills to help.
Standing as one
Above are just a few examples of the great things that volunteers have been doing recently to help aid refugees with dignity internationally; and we want to thank every other volunteer who has donated their time and effort to the refugee cause. There’s not enough room to share all of the fantastic work that you’ve been doing from around the world to help, but we couldn’t ask for a better community!
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.
Please contact us today at email@example.com if you would like to help refugees, or just want to get in touch.