Wexford people helping refugees
Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00
AN independent group of Wexford people have come together in response to the refugee crisis at the port of Calais.
The newly-formed 'Wexford-Calais Refugee Solidarity' aims to collect and deliver humanitarian aid to the refugees living in 'The Jungle,' the name given to the camp.
In response to the growing crises there and in countries all along the refugee corridor into Western Europe from countries including Syria and Iraq there has been an outpouring of unity and action from ordinary people, rallying to ease the plight of the refugees, with groups set up all over Ireland to collect and deliver the aid.
A convoy is departing Ireland, with help from Nolan Transport and Stena Line on October 1. Groups have begun fundraising to help with the cost to deliver and to purchase materials to build shelters and supply food for the people of the camp, already reaching have reached €50.000 in donations! A bank account will be set up this week for further donations.
One of the local organisers, Gemma Hayes, said the Wexford group is growing from strength to strength, as people have literally been shocked into action, the response has been overwhelming. There are several local collection points being offered, please join the facebook group Wexford Calais refugee solidarity for updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/984499341572147/.
The Wexford group hope to fill a container of goods. Leisure Max have offered to take clearly labelled donations at their entertainment complex in Sinnottstown Lane, and this for now will be Wexford's central drop off point. Gemma said that all donations delivered to Leisure max are dispatched inside of the building at the reception area in the bowling alley. At this time the group are also hoping to acquire a short term sorting/storage space, and would love to hear from any premises owner that may have a large warehouse/ storage facility for the month of September. The Calais camp is in desperate need of all sorts of essentials for living: Tents, sleeping bags, blankets, rubbish bags, men's and male teens clothes and shoes, scarves, commerciral cooking pots, and medicines amongst them. Donations will be accepted at Leisure Max from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.