A round-trip by motorcycle from London to the refugee camp at Katsikas in Greece, sandwiching a fortnight's volunteering there to raise funds for RS.
Raising money for
Refugee Support Europe
Two great boons of retirement are time and freedom of movement. Since leaving formal employment I have volunteered for various causes at retail outlets and shelters for the homeless. A recent chance meeting at Athens airport departure lounge with a long-standing RS volunteer has galvanised me into a deeper commitment than previously to a cause that I had long been seeking a means to engage with.
"Jupiter's Travels" was Ted Simon's account of a 4-year, round the world trip by motorbike. Given the far more modest aim and duration, though "Ganymede's Travels" deliberately echoes his feat it cannot equal it; I hope only to raise awareness and, perhaps, funds. As I shall be entirely self-funding, all donations will benefit the activities of Refugee Support.
Many thanks in advance to all of you who choose to support this (particularly all cat-feeders - you know who you are).
To Katsikas and back
Unlike John Lennon, refugees do not have to "imagine no possessions", that being a daily fact-of-life, in effect, for most of them. Likewise "no countries", for they are all too well aware of the of the realities of national borders, as well as of economic and political forces beyond their own control. Through its on-site shops and other logistical work Refugee Support seeks to restore a measure of empowerment and self-respect to people long buffeted by external circumstances. The focus on restoring choice to them is what particularly attracts me to this charity over others working in this field. Please use the link on this page for a fuller picture of Refugee Support's activities. Running this operation costs approaching £1,000 daily, and I hope to raise that sum through your altruism and kind support of "Ganymede's Travels"
Event is completed
with gift aid: £1,253.75
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