In 2015, though you may not have heard of it, you will have seen the town of Skala Sikamineas on TV at the forefront of efforts to save the lives of refugees making the perilous 7 mile journey from Turkey to Greece. I have been amazed at the sacrifices the people of this town have made to rescue those at risk of death. People who didn’t ask to be on the front line of the but gave everything they could to save the lives of fellow human beings fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Fishermen forwent their income for a year whilst their families gave what food and clothing they had to keep children and babies protected from the cold. But this was unsustainable. And contrary to the reduction in news reports the crisis has not abated.
Refugee Rescue was born in response to the crisis. Last year over 4000 men, women and children drowned attempting to make the crossing from Turkey to Lesvos in search of safer lands. Mo Chara is on the frontline ensuring that more lives are not lost. In the run up to Christmas, when we spend time with families and loved ones I am asking for a donation to ensure Refugee Rescue is able to continue saving lives of people on the Aegean fleeing war and risking their lives on journeys to safer lands.
I am volunteering as lifeboat crew on Mo Chara, a donated ex-RNLI lifeboat, having funded my own travel to Lesvos. I’d be grateful if you could donate anything you can to this charity that doesn’t have any backroom staff and minimal administration costs. All proceeds will go towards keeping crew on the boat and keeping the boat on the water, for example fuel for the engines and repairs where necessary. You can see videos of rescues here: http://www.refugeerescue.co.uk/latest-news/. Already this week c300 refugees risked their lives making the journey to Lesvos and survived. If you are at home this winter wondering what you can do to help the ongoing crisis, we’d be very grateful for anything you could give to support this worthy cause.
Share this story
Joseph Corina2 months ago
Hi everyone, Just wanted to post a massive thank you so much for the support so far! To keep up with it rescues you can follow me on Facebook where I'm putting up the videos and photos as public. You can see our rescues here also: https://vimeo.com/user9614399 With the situation between the EU and Turkey looming increasingly turbulent we are worried that there may be a big increase in crossings but not the volunteers to help so your donations will make a massive difference to what cover can be provided on the Lesvos coast. Joe x
Share this update to help us raise more
Joseph Corina started crowdfunding
Leave a message of support
Jan 15, 2017
Good luck - truly inspiring.
Jan 13, 2017
Joe - I read your story on PwC News - very inspiring and keep up the good work! Penny
Jan 11, 2017
Top work Joe and all the crew. Keep up the good work.
Become a supporter
Help Joseph Corina raise more
Crowdfunding stories like this
Provide basic aid to refugees on Samos Island, Greece
£1,631 raised by
Labour Campaign for Refugees
£110 raised by
continue Refugee Rescue's life saving efforts over winter. XMAS APPEAL!
£1,260 raised by