Stef and Alba’s Calais Refugee Collection Bucket – converted to food, toiletries and beyond

Update posted by Stefan Khosravi On Jun 22, 2016

Well well well...Thank you everybody!!!

Alba and I were absolutely overwhelmed, thrilled and downright invigorated by all your generous donations and kind words of support over the last few weeks. Amazing.

And here I am with a little update on the last few days…

We had planned to travel to Calais as part of the Convoy to Calais event on Saturday 18th June so come Saturday morning we found ourselves in Whitehall with 250 other vehicles setting off to Dover. We knew that the French authorities had banned the convoy from entering France so we were unsure what to expect. After arriving at the Dover ferry port it transpired that the ban that had been put in place was indeed being upheld and none of the “Convoy cars” were being allowed onto the boat. After a few hours of us convoy people protesting and blocking the ferry gates the British Police decided to step up their game and move us over so the holidaymakers, lorry drivers and other innocent bystanders could catch their boat and go on their merry way. At this point the convoy people decided to get back in their cars and drive to the French embassy in London to hold some kind of demonstration on their front lawn. We decided to GO TO CALAIS!

So we hopped on the next ferry as foot passengers and found our way to lovely Calais! And from then on everything just seemed to fall into place. By the next morning we had already located L’Auberge des Migrants (the organisation that we had heard about) and after just half a days volunteering with them we both knew this is where we would like the money you raised to go. This small but expertly run organisation cooks and provides hot meals, distributes dry food, clothing, tents, toiletries, building materials and SO MUCH MORE to the refugees and migrants in the local camp. We were able to stay with them for just 2 days on this trip, but that was enough for us to see what a great organisation it is…and I know we have just scratched the surface of what important things they do. They are very grateful to receive what you guys donated, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to see first hand the difference it has made.

On a personal note, this has been a very positive initial trip for us, and we will be going back to volunteer with L’Auberge soon. So please don’t be surprised if you see another one of these fundraisers in the future! If you would like to know more about our experience, ways to volunteer, donate or get involved further please get in touch with myself or Alba.

Thank you thank you thank you and keep smiling :)

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Great initiative guys! Xx Cristina from Batala

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Ole ole Alba por la iniciativa

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Thank you for inspiring me to do more and for changing the lives of these beautiful people. A little love goes such a long way. Xo

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