Lochaber takes global cam­paign to help refugees to their hearts


The Oban Times - - News - AMANDA CRAW­FORD fort@oban­times.co.uk

or sent away be­fore they are snatched to fight. The army then sends them out on their own to places like this. That im­age in my mind for me was enough to spur me to help and make a dif­fer­ence.

‘ We are fo­cussing on pro­vid­ing aid to The Jun­gle be­cause it is a camp for young men and they tend to be for­got­ten about. Peo­ple are gen­er­ally more fright­ened of young men, while the camps for women and chil­dren tend to be bet­ter catered for.’

Liz ini­ti­ated CalAid Lochaber - a branch of the main aid col­lec­tion ser­vice set up in Lon­don - and reached out to oth­ers in the area.

Just one week af­ter start­ing up a page on so­cial media, a team of around 12 vol­un­teers are now link­ing up with aid work­ers in Skye and Bade­noch.

Liz said: ‘ Within days of start­ing the Face­book event page I was in­un­dated with sup­port, do­na­tions and peo­ple look­ing to branch out the cam­paign in their ar­eas. The sup­port the group has re­ceived has been over­whelm­ing. Groups in Aberdeen, In­ver­ness and Ross-shire have been in touch to find out what they can do in their own ar­eas.’

So far, CalAid Lochaber has re­ceived count­less boxes of clothes, toi­letries, sleep­ing bags and a lo­cal ho­tel even do­nated blan­kets. They are also await­ing a ‘ van-load’ of out­door cloth­ing to be do­nated by a cloth­ing com­pany.

The group met on Tues­day at Fort Wil­liam High Street’s Aye2Aye Hub to plan and dis­cuss the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the do­na­tions, trans­port to the Lon­don unit, and stor­age of the do­na­tions - which are be­ing tem­po­rar­ily kept in lo­cal farm­yard barns.

The team of vol­un­teers will also host events in a bid to raise the cash to trans­port the do­na­tions. Events will in­clude a silent auc­tion of art work gifted to the group by Lochaber artists.

The auc­tion al­ready has 10 pieces and is set to open on Satur­day (Septem­ber 12).

To sup­port the cam­paign search CalAid Lochaber on Face­book.

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