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Wexford responds to Calais crisis 09/09/15

| September 9, 2015

An independent group of Wexford people have come together, in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding around the port of Calais. ‘Wexford-Calais Refugee Solidarity’ aims to collect and deliver humanitarian aid to the refugees living in “The Jungle”, the name given to the camp.

The current refugee crisis is the largest since the atrocities of WW2. Desperate families are fleeing war-torn countries like Syria, Lebanon and North Africa and embarking on difficult, dangerous and often fatal journeys, leaving behind their homes and loved ones. With strict border controls to enter both Britain and Ireland, the situation in Calais is worsening. .
In response there has been an outpouring of unity and action from ordinary people.. A convoy is departing Ireland, with help from Nolan Transport and Stena Line on October 1st. Groups have begun fundraising to help with the cost of delivering and purchasing materials to build shelters and supply food for the people of the camp..

The Wexford group is growing from strength to strength, with the organisers saying people have literally been shocked into action.. There are several local collection points being offered. You can 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!

At present local business Leisure Max have kindly offered to take clearly labelled donations at their entertainment complex in Sinnottstown Lane on the outskirts of Wexford town, and this for now will be Wexford’s central drop off point. The group hopes to acquire a short term sorting/storage space, and would be delighted 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 these items.
Tents (especially 4 man)
Sleeping bags
Heavy duty rubbish bags
Men’s and male teen warm winter clothes (Small & medium)
water proofs -not too heavy duty
Scarves, hats & gloves, socks
Men’s & teenage Shoes – runners, walking shoes, WELLIES
Candles & torches with batteries, wind up, head torches
Toothpaste, tooth brushes, disposable razors
Shaving foam, shampoos etc
Tissues and Wet wipes
Toiletries bags, towels and facecloths
Bike & puncture repair kits & bike tools – BIKES
deflated footballs and pumps
Medicines & first aid supplies
Large, commercial size, cooking pots
Little greeting messages, playing cards, small items to be found in the toiletries bags


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