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.
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Joseph Corina9 days 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
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Dec 7, 2016
I think what you guys are doing is awesome and very admirable, well done and I hope you can continue!
Dec 5, 2016
Good for you, Joe!
Dec 4, 2016
I admire your efforts hugely, Joe.
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