We undertake the task of delivering those goods by perilous roads to deliver to the families who have nothing left

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20th April 2016

By Rosalind Bluestone

When it comes to celebrating, I am the first one to arrive to the party. So I want to invite you to a ‘virtual party’ as we are proudly celebrating one year of starting up our community social action programme. The GOODS FOR GOOD volunteering programme started at Unit 1, Borehamwood Enterprise Centre on 5th May 2015, when I received the key of the warehouse door.

 

Collaborating fabulously with Steve Batley and his team from JAMI UK, we have enjoyed the local warehouse facilities and have managed to move mountains of hand-picked, quality humanitarian aid to those in dire need of our help. We really couldn’t have done this without our anonymous warehouse donor and you, our fantastic volunteers. We have almost 100 volunteers registered to help us and almost 200 donors of fabulous as-new goods.

 

Sadaqa Day 20th March at GOODS FOR GOOD – inter-faith social action. Job done!

Sadaqa Day 20th March at GOODS FOR GOOD – inter-faith social action. Job done!

 

On Sunday afternoon on 20th March, we arranged a Sadaqa Day event with two Jewish-Muslim women’s groups, NISA NASHIM & UNITY at our warehouse. The event was an amazing success, culminating in the packing of a staggering one tonne of humanitarian aid.  Combs, brushes, toothbrushes, towels, blankets, clothing, shoes, socks and children’s stationery – together with multiple packs and boxes of baby and lady hygiene products.  These were purchased and collected in huge abundance by the two groups, - their mosques, family members and friends. Additionally, they raised £750 to send the goods to the refugee camps in Kurdistan.  Tears were shed at the end of an extremely busy, moving and successful day.

 

Knowing the dreadful circumstances over two million innocent families are having to endure in Kurdistan, we undertake the task of delivering those goods by perilous roads to deliver to the families who have nothing left.

 

Children living in abysmal conditions, with ill-fitting shoes.

 

As a Jewish woman getting ready for the Passover this week, I am deeply disturbed by this unprecedented modern exodus of over two million people living in appalling conditions in the barren deserts of Northern Iraq Kurdistan. I know that we are making a huge impact and I am proud to be working in a collaboration with multi-faith volunteers, charity partners and British Industry. All of us, working TOGETHER, for the sake of humanity and mankind.  We know we can’t sit back and look on. We have exported £3.5m-worth of donated shoes, bedding and clothing. With help from companies collecting goods, storing goods; we look for collaborations to make it all happen!

 

Children living in abysmal conditions, with ill-fitting shoes.

 

So as we are celebrating our 1st anniversary of social action, I know that because you are still reading this, you maybe already involved in what we do. I am really grateful for your help, but I need to ask you for a little bit more. We need to pay for the expensive international logistics to get the goods to these families. Could you to ask your friends, business colleagues and families to sponsor one of these boxes below please?

 

Consolidating goods from British Industry at our warehouse in Amsterdam. It cost

It’s approx. £5 to send one box. If you click on donate it means you can help us raise these much needed funds.

 

I thank you on behalf of these children pictured above for your help. If you are celebrating Passover, the Jewish festival of our freedom, I wish you and your families a Happy Pesach. As our ambassadors, I know you will be telling everyone what you do to help today’s shocking exodus.

 

Consolidating goods from British Industry at our warehouse in Amsterdam. It costs £5 to send each box by road.