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.
Sometimes it is hard to know where to start in thanking people for all of the effort that has gone into supporting this project. I am grateful for every pound that has been raised for MSF by my friends, family and by people who care about the work that Doctors Without Borders do.
Today I want to thank my friend Kate Bradshaw and all of the caring people at St James Hospital Leeds Anaesthetic Charity Fund. Kate recently organised an event that involved a raffle. The raffle raised a remarkable £1000 for MSF. This is a truly incredible achievement and will help treat some of the worlds poorest and most desperate people. This is what it is all about.
Thank you Kate for organising the event and to everyone who contributed. We will never know exactly the work it has facilitated but you can be assured of one thing. You have made a difference .
Tickets for Burlesque Without Borders No 8 are now on sale via this link. Buy those babies as soon as you can as the show ALWAYS sells out.
Ticket prices have never changed for Burlesque Without Borders as it is our way of thanking the lovely people who have supported the show. We will however try every trick in the book to extract your hard earned lolly in the name of charity come the 29th November.
Thank you as ever, Andy
Lily la Belle presents : Saturday 29th November 2014, Burlesque Without Borders returns for the eighth show. Burlesque Without Borders, the best burlesque show in Yorkshire, right here in Harrogate.
Now officially sponsored by Burlesque Nylons at YLJ Designs .
Burlesque Without Borders 8 is part of a series of shows that have so far raised over £8000 for Doctors Without Borders. Now more than ever that money is needed as MSF struggles to help those affected by conflict in Syria, huge displacement of population in South Sudan and of course the massive Ebola response that they are running in West Africa. These are just the places in the headlines. MSF is operating in over 60 countries right now.
This is the perfect opportunity to help fundraise for this vital organisation and also have an amazing nights entertainment.
The line up for the latest show is both exciting and full of variety. Some lovely Burlesque and something truly repulsive from a splendid gentleman called Bloody Bones!
So, here we are , the line up for the night:
Undulating Bellydance from Egyptia
Sizzling Burlesque from:
Lily la Belle feat Andy Dennis
Grotesque Sideshow: Bloody Bones
Beautiful Music: Ruby Lane
There will be lots besides – this is Burlesque Without Borders after all:
The Manly Stanley Marvellous Moustache Competition sponsored by Oakwood Aromatics. Get growing guys, Burlesque Without Borders 8 will also be supporting Movember this time. It will be nice to see some imaginative designs up there on the Manhattan Club stage come judgement time.
Cupcakes by Sarah and Amanda to delight your palate and expand your waistline.
The tom bola to end all tom bolas run by Mr S la Belle to weedle the last of your cash from your purse / wallet.
The famed Burlesque Without Borders raffle with prizes to die (or at least be admitted to a critical care unit for a protracted period of time) for.
Amazing stalls at the rear of the room offering some lovely merchandise to take with home.
Tickets will be available soon and you are advised to buy them asap as this show ALWAYS sells out.As always, they cost just £7. This is our thank you for the amazing support that has been given to the shows. We will however attempt to bleed you dry once you are in.
Doors 7:00 pm
Thank you to James Metcalf from the Harrogate Advertiser for the article about MSF and my work with them. I am very much hoping that this nice write up will attract some donations for Doctors Without Borders.
The only slight correction is that I am NOT going away in the next 3 weeks. I am waiting to see if one of the operational sections of MSF can accept me for the Ebola response. I should hear fairly soon and will post on the website when I have more information.
I am available for presentations to groups , conferences, schools etc and would be delighted to talk to anyone who wants to know more about MSF.
Please donate to MSF via the “Sponsor Me” button on my website, the Justgiving site HERE or by texting MSFA99 £2 (or more) to 70070. In all cases the money goes directly to MSF.
As ever, thank you.