We are concerned about the world...what can we do? Well, isn’t that the million dollar question. It’s one that’s being asked a lot too, especially at the moment. Nothing is certain, and nobody is sure what’s going to happen next. You can barely make a plan for next week, let alone think about getting involved with anything long term.
This week Warwick RAG, in partnership with What Can We Do? and Choose Love, is running a Winter Clothes Drive for Refugees in Calais.
What is this Clothes Drive?
Basically, we want your winter clothes! From gloves and scarves to leggings and coats, we’re collecting clothes and basic items to send to Calais, to support the 1500 men, women and children living in refugee camps. A harsh winter is coming and everyone deserves to be warm and be treated with dignity.
There are boxes dotted around campus for you to drop off any winter clothes you can and at the end of the week we’ll collect and deliver them all to Choose Love who will then send them to refugees in Calais!
Places on Campus with Collection Boxes:
- SU Atrium
-Cryfield Village Hall
-Jack Martin Hub
- Cryfield Common Rooms 1 and 2,
- Bluebell 2
- Arthur Vick 1
- Lakeside 1 and 2
For more info go to: www.whatcanwedo.world/clothesdrive
Who are What Can We Do?
A child of COVID-19, borne out of a Google Doc, What Can We Do? (WCWD) is a social enterprise dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to make a difference in society, no matter who they are, where they are, or how much time or money they have. It’s the go-to place to understand the issues facing the UK, and find out how you can help.
We all have the power within us to make change - it doesn’t have to be grand Greta Thunberg-esque discussions with Trump or huge global protests, it can simply be the signing of a petition that gets an issue discussed in parliament. It can be a simple sustainable swap that helps the environment. It can be a conversation that keeps someone from feeling lonely. Or it can be a donation that funds life saving research.
The What Can We Do? website is a great source of information and inspiration around what you can do to help others. With a simple filter for preferences based on time available and topic of interest, you’re sure to find some new way to help taking as little as 3 minutes!
Every time you search, you are accessing our huge database of actions, campaigns, petitions and donation funds. We’ve launched a form where charities, community groups or individuals can submit something directly to us to be featured on the site. We make sure all additions to the database are carefully vetted according to our key values, contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and there is transparency and accountability regarding funding and leadership.
Who are Choose Love?
Choose Love has raised millions for the charity Help Refugees, to support displaced and vulnerable communities, and created a movement of people putting love in action around the world.
Help Refugees started as nothing more than a hashtag.
Devastated by images of thousands of families arriving on European shores to be met with barbed wire, borders and batons, a group of friends used #helprefugees to organise a van full of donations in August 2015. Within a week, they had raised £56,000 and were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.
Fast forward four years and they have reached over one million displaced people, worked with over 35,000 volunteers and currently support over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and the US-Mexico border.
So this week, donate some clothes and check out the What Can We Do? website!