Tonight a wonderful and generous “anonymous” donor made walka2b’s running total up to £40,000. I could not ask for a better going away present! This money has gone straight to Doctors Without Borders as does ALL of the money raised here.
In just a couple of days I will be back in the field. Here is an example of how the money is used:
YOU save lives.
Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our final day of drills and training. One hour in the full kit in Amsterdam in November (about 10C) and you can see the perspiration inside the goggles. Sierra Leone – Freetown was about 30C today. I was thinking about how uncomfortable it will be working in this.
My conclusion : It will indeed be minus fun but just imagine being critically ill, frightened, separated from your family, maybe having lost them for ever, perhaps a child who has lost the people who loved them and protected them. Im doing ok really.
If I can ask you, please share my posts and ask your friends to consider donating to Doctors Without Borders via this site. They can also Text Donate : Text “MSFA99 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
MSF is spending MILLIONS on this outbreak and it is only one of many interventions in 60+ countries around the world.
A remarkable organisation that works because YOU care.
This is the amazing set up in Amsterdam for training Doctors Without Borders staff pre-deployment to ebola projects.
The training is superbly managed
(they even cater for vegans!) and the facilitators are friendly and very switched on.
We are training in the protective equipment this afternoon which will be very interesting.
So, today is the day. I set off to Leeds-Bradford Airport shortly. On to Amsterdam at 1630 and then after training and briefings over the next few days I fly to Freetown in Sierra Leone before joining the Ebola project in Kailahun.
I want to thank you all very much for all of the love and support that I have been shown. I ran out of superlatives to describe my friends a long time ago, when all is said and done, you are my friends and no more needs to be said on that.
I will try to update the blog as and when I can. I will certainly be writing a new presentation upon my return and hope to have the chance to tell you the personal stories of the people suffering in this terrible outbreak and why Doctors Without Borders is so vital to this world.
Please support my project and MSF in any way you can:
Text donate: send MSFA99 £2 to 70070
Donate via this website (where it says “sponsor me”)
Come to Burlesque Without Borders on the 29th November – have a great night and donate to MSF at the same time . Click HERE for tickets and info.
Thank you all once more and see you soon.
After a number of weeks waiting I finally have a mission in West Africa. On 11th November I will be heading to Amsterdam for training and then on to Eastern Sierra Leone to a town called Kailahun. I will be joining a well established Ebola treatment centre run by MSF. The mission is for a month and I will return to Harrogate on or around the 15th December.
It is hard to say how I feel right now, I am nervous, excited, worried and relieved. I was struggling to watch this tragedy unfold and not be involved in the efforts to help.
I will be posting updates on here as and when I can but before I go there are a few things that I want to stress. First of all, Doctors Without Borders needs YOU! They need you to keep the projects going. This is a hugely expensive commitment and my mission is just one of many that the organisation is dealing with right now. Syria has not gone away though the headlines have. The malnutrition and breakdown of health care in South Sudan continues on a massive scale though again, it has disappeared from the news.
You can help.
On Saturday 29th November Burlesque Without Borders will provide a perfect opportunity to support MSF (and have a great time). This show has already raised over £8000 for MSF and I would ask that you come along, enjoy the best Burlesque night in Yorkshire and help raise £££££ for Doctors Without Borders. Click HERE for more info and tickets.
I may not get a chance to say goodbye for now to all of my friends for which I apologise. I will catch up with you in December.
The final thing I wanted to mention is the importance of FACT. There is a lot of rubbish floating around in the ether regarding Ebola. We must educate ourselves with trusted and proven fact and not allow fear to guide our judgement. Here is a good place to start:
Yesterday, some very good and kind friends of mine gave their time (about 6 hours of their Sunday) to collecting money for MSF. Josh, Teresa and Andy stood at the entrance of the ASDA store in Harrogate all day and raised an incredible £387.67. I have said to them and to others that having worked in the field I know the good that this will do, it will genuinely change lives.
Thank you Josh,Teresa and Andy for your time and your caring.