October 2019 Convoy If you are looking to sponsor a pallet you can do this by going to the pallet appeal page. If you’re a refugee in Greece, and in fact probably anywhere, you better be resilient, and strong, and endlessly patient, resourceful, street wise and utterly desensitised to deprivation, bad weather, disgusting sanitation and hardship, because that’s what you’ll have to survive through! This is why we are off to Greece again with the next convoy leaving the UK on the 27th October. The convoy is in partnership with Muntada Aid, a muslim charity that we have worked with on several occasions over the past 4 years. More details about Muntada AID and thier great work can be found here: For this convoy.. We are taking all three trucks, 40 ton plus 2 x 7.5 ton (if we can borrow or fund another truck, we may take a fourth) 6 drivers plus one (fly-drive) plus 10 flyers We are going to Lesvos, liasing with Attika, and Chios to CESRT & Offene Arme. Subject only to ferry schedules we are aiming to also go to Samos & Refugee4Refugees (See Samos detail below) Loads will include pallet quantities of all the things being appealed for; Brand new tents, blankets, sleeping bags and mats, food, clothes, hygiene and Sanitary. We need help with funds, especially to get a fourth truck on the road – we have the aid, and just need more funds Help us by sponsoring a pallet for £100. It is easy to do this by going to the pallet appeal page. You can also make a donation for the trucks and if we receive enough donations we will get that much needed 4th truck of aid on the road! The current situation in Samos needs particualr attention and we are hoping to get there on this trip. This is a short video showing the current conditions. More than 5000 refugees living on the slopes of the hillside mountain next to the official camp/reception/detention centre that already exceeds its 650 capacity. Roughly 1400 are children; new born to age 3 (310) age 4 to 5 (180) age 6 to 12 (441) age 13 to 17 (380) There are no paved and safe footpaths or handrails, just earth waiting to be turned into mud when it rains, treacherous for all who have to climb up or down. Along winding mountain roads, we saw quite a number of the refugees using ropes to pull ‘acquired’ pallets like toboggans, that will become the floor of their shelters or tents, back to the hillside, ignored by passing police. Scorpions, snakes, rats and other vermin are a constant danger and risk to all but especially children. Refugees queue for food at the camp for between 3 and 5 hours – food quality is allegedly poor, and maggots and mould have allegedly been found by volunteers. Refugees are not allowed to eat in most of the sea front cafes or restaurants, and not allowed to use the main beaches. Locals and refugees seem to co-exist tolerantly despite this. Since the beginning of this year particularly, more very good volunteer groups have been established, doing really amazing work, mainly outside the camp! Yet again, as is the case pretty much everywhere, it’s the younger student/post grad generations that are the backbone of the on-the-ground get-it-done teams, with unpaid volunteers from all over the world doing what they can to help.