So right now I am in possibly the least Burlesquey (new word for you there) place on the planet. There is a complete absence of glitter, basques,Isis wings and pasties – don’t get me started on merkins!
I did however feel a definite connection to Harrogate and Burlesque Without Borders 6 last night. In the past I have spent a lot of time helping to set up for the nights and could picture the scene as a nice room at the Manhattan Club is transformed into a sparkling palace. It takes a lot of work to get the place ready for the night. Its fair to say that it actually takes MONTHS. The room with all its sparkle and shine is just a room until it is filled with performers, crew and amazing caring people we call the audience who know how to have a good time and help others while doing it.
Lily La Belle puts on the best Burlesque show in Yorkshire, this isn’t just my bias opinion – read the reviews on FB and other social media. She spends literally months planning the show, booking performers and co-ordinating the remarkable team who give up their night to make it happen. As always, I am not going to name names as I would hate to leave anyone out. You all know them wether they have sold you a cupcake, filled the room with sound , picked up discarded pants and bras or shimmied their rear in your general direction.
I am waiting to see the photos and hear the full story of last nights show, what I know so far is that it was a huge success both as a spectacle and as a fundraising event with over £1300 raised for charity. Half of this goes to Doctors Without Borders and half to the Alzheimer’s Society another very worthwhile cause that affects so many of us.
I see every day what that money will be spent on. This doesn’t happen without YOU:
So to close, Thank you to Lily and the BWB team, you are the best and thank you to everyone who supports the night and is part of the success.
Please take the time to read through this press release from MSF about the disaster in the Philippines. As it says, MSF is already in the country helping the people. This operation will cost a fortune . Please help if you can. You can donate to MSF via the “SPONSOR ME” button on here (the money goes direct to MSF via Justgiving) or if you would prefer go to the official MSF site HERE. It doesn’t matter how you do it but please help if you can. Thanks a lot, Andy
The international medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is today launching an emergency fundraising appeal for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
MSF’s emergency teams reached the Philippines on Saturday 9th November, and there are now 20 international staff on the ground.
In the coming days, they’ll be joined by 80 to 90 more specialists including doctors, nurses, surgeons, water and sanitation engineers and psychologists.
The teams, which include British personnel, will be exploring the affected area by helicopter and speedboat to make sure aid reaches those who need it most.
Aid on the way
Aid is already on the way – cargo planes took off from Ostend in Belgium and from Dubai yesterday carrying hundreds of tonnes of medical relief and humanitarian aid.
Nine planes in total will arrive in the coming days carrying tetanus vaccinations, hygiene kits, cooking kits, tents, plastic sheeting, water and sanitation equipment and an inflatable hospital.
Marc DuBois, General Director of MSF UK, said:
“This is a horrendous disaster, and the relief effort is proving a real challenge. We’re really concerned about the people there, forced into pure survival mode during these first days.
“Food, shelter and medical care are obvious priorities. As a medical organisation, we’re also worried about clean water – there’s a real risk of disease spreading through contaminated sources and our teams will be looking to address this as a matter of urgency.
“Aid is already on its way but our teams are reporting that the conditions on the ground are incredibly challenging. Weather conditions are preventing them from getting to where aid is needed.
“The city of Tacloban has been devastated, and there are hundreds of other town and villages that were in the path of the typhoon and have not yet been reached.
“The magnitude of this disaster will quickly deplete our emergency funds. We’ve launched a fundraising appeal to make sure help gets to those who need it most.”
Expecting significant injuries
Dr Natasha Reyes, MSF’s emergency co-ordinator in the Philippines, said:
“Usually, in these types of disasters, the main needs are related to people being displaced from their homes, and the injuries are relatively minor – cuts, broken bones, head wounds.
“But with so many houses and buildings having collapsed because of the strong winds, we’re expecting to see some significant injuries.
“Injured people have converged on Tacloban airport, where the Philippines military is providing medical care.
“But they’re under intense pressure, particularly for drugs and supplies, so we will set up a medical team there to support them.
“People are bringing the injured to the airport from the town by motorbike or on foot, because the roads are blocked with debris – it’s a six-hour walk.
“As we are able to get more staff into the disaster areas, MSF will move outwards from Tacloban town to the surrounding region and islands.
“This includes Eastern Samar, which we will need to reach with mobile teams on speed boats and barges, so that we can provide medical treatment and supplies for people along the coastlines.”
As I have previously stated, Im not able to blog how I would have liked from my Project but as I enter the last full month of my mission I wanted to drop something on here to say hi. I will be telling the full story in talks back home and to anyone who will listen but for now ill let you know that Leer is a beautiful place (at times):
with some interesting visitors :
To my room:
In my Tukul:
There is some great work being done by the whole team:
and some lovely success in the Nutrition Programme:
Lots of construction work to make the hospital a better place:
and all in all things are going well and I am happy :
Please continue to support the work of MSF the next big fundraiser is :
On Saturday 16th November with tickets from HERE . Ms Lily tells me they are selling rapidly so don’t miss out. It is YOU that keeps projects like mine working. Please support Doctors Without Borders whilst having an amazing evening.
Thank you all and ill be back on here soon. End of mission 12th December.
I am hugely grateful to Lily La Belle for putting together Burlesque Without Borders 6 . It is a huge show and a lot of work. I think I speak for everyone who has attended when I say to Ms L B – it is worth it. Not only will Doctors Without Borders and the Alzheimer’s Society make a lot of lovely lolly but you will have a magnificent time raising this money for them – Win – Win!
I will not be able to come to this BWB as I am on mission until the middle of December. I will cast envious eyes over the photos when I get back, I have just written a little “I cant be here tonight” speech for the evening so you don’t escape me completely.
Please support the work of MSF and the Alzheimer’s Society, book your tickets for BWB NOW!
Information as follows:
Fast on the heels of the sell-out successes of Burlesque Without Borders 5 and Saturday Night Feva, here comes Burlesque Without Borders 6!
A full night’s entertainment at the Manhattan Club, Harrogate, with sparkle, fun and friendliness raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres and The Alzheimer’s Society.
We have a fabulous lineup compered by the one and only Snappy O’Shea:
Music from the sultry Velvet Divine, burlesque from a stellar lineup with Roxy Reveals, Maisie Martini, Betsie Baker, Cissie de Lish, LouLou T-Boo, Lily’s Ladies Who Lush and international burlesque beauty Miss Tobi James. We have some wonderful salsa from Tamara Lievano Hinman and Martin Wintermeyer.
We are delighted that our raffle is sponsored by Nails by Tamara, Oakwood Aromatics, Born to Thread, Woolly Buddha, Wild Orchid and Madams Pinups.
We will also have stalls, tombola, cupcakes and magic by the master of table magic, Adrian Salamon.
All this for just £7! Buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/238668 .
Our fabulous flyer design is by Jacob Todd
For a number of reasons I have decided to suspend my blog for now. I am sorry for this as I know many of you were enjoying following the blog and the progress of my mission and the children. I would like to thank you all for your support both for me and MSF.
So this chap came to us this week. His name is Duoth and he has been poorly for some weeks now and has gradually developed the clear malnutrition that you see in the photo. I am hoping that I will be able to post an ‘after’ photo in a few weeks and you will see a significant change.
It has been a mixed week really. Many successes to celebrate and some tragedy to mourn. If I had to say what the biggest achievement has been it would be the stabilisation of about 5 children like Duoth as we get ready to move them into the transition phase of the nutrition programme before we start working to really fatten them up rapidly. They have to be eased into having a decent level of nutrition after being deprived for a long period. If we went straight into the phase 2 where we feed them more aggressively it could be fatal. As a nurse who has worked just about exclusively with adults at home I often feel worried about these delicate children.
Yesterday I was on call and we had an extremely sick man brought into the ER . He was as dehydrated as anyone I have ever seen and that would include Cholera patients I looked after in 2008. We infused 2 litres of IV fluid within the first hour to try to correct his shock. Remarkably he was still alive this morning when I handed over. We will see.
Today has been a relaxing day after a very tiring 24 hours. I will be going to bed very early tonight I suspect.
I had a nice walk to the market with some of the team today . It was good to get away from the compound and hospital for a while.
I have been here just over a month now. I am very happy with the project. There is a lot to do of course, there always will be . I feel I have the staff in the feeding centres on my side and I guess that is half of the battle.
Right here you can see why I work with MSF and why this project is so important. It is the same boy in both pictures, his name is Sebit. He came to us on 2nd July with severe malnutrition.You may remember I posted a photo of him trying PlumpyNut for the first time as he entered the Transition Phase of support……now look at him.
Sebit means a lot to me as he was the first seriously malnourished child I looked after. I was very worried about him in the first few days. Now I can relax a bit and enjoy watching him get chubby! I might have a bit of a chat to him tomorrow mind, he isn’t exactly getting into the whole celebrating his recovery thing by the face on him. Mardy Sebit, thats all I need.
As I am sure you can tell, all is going well here, I continue to be impressed with the staff at the TFC, they are a great bunch of people. We had a big staff meeting today and I expected a slaughtering after I had just printed the first Roster for them. Instead I had a lot of understanding and cooperation. I think they actually felt a bit sorry for me.
Anyway, I will leave it there, I just though you may appreciate the update on my main man Sebit.