The Refugee Support Express – 15 March 2018
Welcome to the Refugee Support Express
Aiding from afar
It’s been two weeks since we broke the news of our temporary withdrawal from Bangladesh, but as promised, we are continuing to do everything within our power to support Rohingya refugees in and around Tumbru Camp in Bangladesh.
Whilst our team are no longer stationed in Bangladesh, our work continues through our partners HMBD. Courtesy of them and our incredible donors, we continue to help fund the medical clinic at Tumbru.
We hope to return to Bangladesh as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we must continue to provide aid with dignity from afar.
We can’t begin to imagine how the 6,000+ refugees in and around the camp must be feeling following Myanmar’s recent claim over the jurisdiction of the ‘no-man’s land’ area of Tombru, and their impending repatriation to the place that they so recently fled from.
We must do all that we can to continue to support them from afar. Your donations are crucial, so please stand with us today to show your solidarity with the Rohingya during this dark hour.
Raise your spirits for refugees
Raise your hands, hummus and pens (or tool of your choice!) for refugees this year by getting involved and starting you own fundraising campaign.
We’re looking for volunteers to organise and host charitable events to help raise vital funds for refugees around Europe.
It can be anything you like – a tea party, a circus, a hike – but here’s a few quirky and creative things that volunteers have done to raise money in the past:
Hummus for Hope
In partnership with Dennis Rael from Los Bagels in Arcata, CA, volunteer Anne Braak-Katz raised $500 for refugees by selling ‘Hummus for Hope’ in early 2018.
Glitz and FUNdraising
The community of Constantine in Cornwall pulled out all the stops at their Disco Glitter Ball in February. Their glamorous night of fun and cabaret raised over £1800; their laughter raising vital awareness and funds for refugees who have fled around Europe.
Sara Benali is currently raising funds for Syrian refugees by selling these stunning postcards. If you are interested in purchasing one of these thought provoking images for £1, please contact Sara directly.
Issy Snouck Hurgronje, Ella O’Reilly and the members of STAR – University of Edinburgh threw a fabulous ABBA night to raise Money, Money, Money for Syrian refugees in Greece. Their night of flares and glitter raised whopping £1000. Thank You For The Music and all your hard work!
We are open to all fundraising ideas and are eager to hear your suggestions. If you would like to help us raise money for refugees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
We would walk 500 miles. Would you?
We’re counting down the days until we depart for the mountains of FYR Macedonia on what promises to be the trek of a lifetime.
On 29th April, there will be 20 if us trudging through the stunning mountains of FYR Macedonia. We’ll be starting at the ill-fated former camp of Idomeni and tracing the path that many refugees took as they fled to Greece before the northern Greek border was closed in 2016.
Each walker has an ambitious fundraising target so please do what you can to support them. You will find some of their fundraising pages here on BT MyDonate.
Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you next time.
Please contact us today at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or just want to get in touch.