Road to Dunkirk 3

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On March 16th 2016, an official refugee camp was set up in Dunkirk but just a short 13 months later it was destroyed by a cruel fire, tearing away at everything in its wake.  Fast forward to August of this year and French police started forcibly evicting refugees from the woods, some of those being families with small children, left with nothing but the belongings they can carry and each other.

Approximately 250 refugees currently occupy this camp with a high proportion of those from Sub Sahara Africa; they have escaped war only to be met with the direst of circumstances. With numbers increasing, conditions in the Dunkirk camp are reaching an all-time low with weather worsening and the cold rapidly drawing in.  Many are sick and at risk of illness with only thin tents for shelter, at best.

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On December 16th, the Road to Freedom team (in collaboration with Imran Malik Publicity) and I will be making the journey to Dunkirk to provide aid and help where we can.

These people are in desperate need and in particular of the below items:

Are you collecting for anything in particular?

The aim is to raise £2000 so we can make as many food parcels as possible which we will personally be handing to the people in need there.  Any contribution towards this amount, however small or big would be truly appreciated and will no doubt make a difference.

This is a crime against humanity and together with your help we want to start putting the pieces back together of a very broken picture.

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Road to Calais 5

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Thank you all for helping us feed, clothe and provide further aid to so many refugees this weekend in France. This is what we managed to do with your help:

– RTF DISTRIBUTED 200 FOOD PARCELS (WHICH ALSO INCLUDED MINI HYGIENE KITS INSIDE)

– RTF DONATED 60+ DUVETS FOR THOSE LIVING UNDER THE BRIDGES/FORESTS

– RTF DONATED COOKING ITEMS FOR BELGIUM KITCHEN TO PROVIDE HOT MEALS TO THE REFUGEES

– RTF DONATED MEN’S JACKETS, TROUSERS AND JUMPERS TO THE HELP REFUGEES / CARE 4 CALAIS WAREHOUSE

– RTF DISTRIBUTED 200 BLANKETS TO REFUGEES IN DUNKIRK WITH CARE4CALAIS

– RTF DID A TARGETED DISTRIBUTION TO REFUGEES WHO SPECIFIED KEY ITEMS THEY NEED WITH THEIR SIZES

– RTF ASSISTED CARE4CALAIS WITH A GENERATOR FOR REFUGEES TO CHARGE THEIR PHONES FOR THEM TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEIR FAMILIES BACK HOME

– RTF DONATED 20 SMART PHONES, HELP REFUGEES WILL BE GIVING TO THE YOUNG TEENS WHO HAVE BEEN ON A WAITING LIST FOR THEM

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Much love to those who donated, arranged food parcels, as well as Help Refugees and Care4Calais for being amazing as always.

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#GrimeAid17 – Aid distribution in Somalia

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Road to Freedom are thrilled to announce that the distribution of aid to those caught up in the crisis in Somalia has begun  The funds raised at #GrimeAid17, hosted in conjunction with Noisey, have been used to distribute food parcels to those in need in Baodia and Kismayo which will last them for over a month.

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The parcels include:

Flour 25kg, Rice 15kg, Sugar 15kg, 4kg dates and 3 litres of oil

The on-going famine in Somalia, coupled with attacks from terror organisations, has meant that thousands have had to flee their homes and those left behind have been left with limited food and resources.

 

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None of this would have been possible without the generosity of those that donated and attended the event, with special thanks due to Noisey and the artists that performed on the night. All our of love to Human Relief Foundation currently on the ground making this happen for us.

 

Aid Distribution In Syria

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We are delighted to announce that, after a lot of work and perseverance, our aid has arrived in Syria and has finally been distributed. Getting aid inside Syria this time round was not an easy task, but it was more than a worthwhile one and the aid will feed 200 families for an entire month.

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Transparency is something that has always been important to us at RTF so it makes us extremely happy to be able to show you exactly where your donations are going and who they are benefiting.

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None of this would have been possible without your generosity and fundraising efforts, for which we are extremely thankful. We would like to give special thanks to Al-Fatiha Global also for their never-ending help and support with our projects!

The RTF team will be back on the road shortly, heading to a number of camps to supply clothing, food and long-term support including accommodation, medical and educational to those most in need.

You can watch the full video of the distribution below:

Road to Freedom x Lovebox: Official Charity Partners 2017

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“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what colour we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” – John Denver

We at Road to Freedom are proud to announce that we have officially partnered up with Lovebox where we will be on site for both days of the highly anticipated music festival (Friday 14th/Saturday 15th July) in order to raise awareness and funds which will all go towards the aid of refugees worldwide.

In the past few months we’ve had to helplessly witness one travesty after another unfold in our capital city of London. However, it is sometimes in the most testing of times that communities pull together like never before and refuse to give in to terror and tragedy.

One thing that is important to remember is that for other people across the globe, this living nightmare has become their everyday reality. Whether that be bombs falling on their homes at night, or making the perilous journey across the sea to get to a safe place, the fear we’ve briefly endured is something they are sadly accustomed too.

It’s sometimes easy to overlook someone else’s pain when we are dealing with our own but the turmoil refugees are currently enduring every single day is unquantifiable.

It goes without saying that music has the ability to unite and uplift people from all walks of life, like no other art form can and now more than ever we need to pull together to do what we can for those most in need.

We will be backstage both days at Lovebox interviewing artists and mingling among festival go-ers with our charity buckets, so if you see us please come and say hi and spread the word. On the Saturday we have also been given use of one of the festival tents, so please come and check out what we have in store for you there!

It’s never too late to extend a hand of hope to those that need it the most.

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A huge thank to Kamio for hosting our third Grime Aid event on 15th June, this time in conjunction with Noisey. We raised over £3,000 that we will distribute this summer across Europe to those fleeing the crisis in Somalia.

The night was kicked off by DJs A.G and Logan Sama, who both put on amazing sets. Our host for the night, Poet, then took to the stage to remind everyone of the cause and introduce the acts.

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

The night saw amazing performances from Joe Grind, Scorpz, Manga, Bonkaz, P Money and Big Tobz, with DJs Kenny Allstar and Shorty Bless keeping the crowed hyped as well.

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Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

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Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Rob Jones / @hirobjones (instagram & twitter)

Thank  you to all the artists that gave up their time for such an important cause, to Noisey and Kamio for making it possible, and to everyone who came out – it was once again a night with an overwhelming feeling of love and unity!

 

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Grime Aid is back and this time, in response to the famine and terror threat in Somalia, Road To Freedom has teamed up with Noisey to curate another Grime showcase to raise funds to purchase aid that will be handed directly to the Somalian refugees around Europe. With the on-going famine crisis and attacks from terror organisations such as El-Shebab and more, thousands have escaped with countless individuals drowning in the Mediterranean sea as they try to seek safety.

Over the past two years, the Road To Freedom team have been travelling to refugee camps all over Europe delivering aid (medicine, hygiene products, food and clothing) to men, women and children fleeing conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

With the support of artists including CHIP, WSTRN, Cadet, Abra Cadabra, Kojey Radical, President T, Jammer, Jammin, Shystie, 67, The HeavyTrackerz and more, who have performed at the previous fundraisers, the RTF team have been able to utilise 100% of the proceeds on past trips to distribute aid where it’s needed the most.

This year, hosted by Poet, Grime Aid returns with an equally impressive line-up, showcasing some of the UK’s most promising up and coming talent, as well as some of the grime scene’s pioneers.

Grab your tickets via Dice and catch P Money, Logan Sama, Big Tobz, Bonkaz and more take to the Kamio stage in support of Road To Freedom.

SECOND AID CONTAINER TO SYRIA

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In response to the horrific chemical attacks in Idlib, Syria, we will be sending aid (food and clothes) to families inside the city.

After the success of delivering aid inside Syria earlier this year, we have again partnered up with the Al Fatiha Foundation to provide food parcels that will feed over 200 families. One food parcel will contain enough food to feed a family for a month, containing items such as dates, rice, and oil amongst many other items.

We will also be sending summer clothes for men, women and children. Please contact us for the list of items we are collecting.

Thank you to all that have continued supporting us to help others – every penny makes a difference!

OUR CONTAINER HAS ARRIVED IN SYRIA

 

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We are pleased to announce that our container has now arrived in Syria and the aid is being distributed to those in need. It took a lot of hard work from all the RTF volunteers, but we got there in the end!

We loaded the container in Birmingham with 30 huge food pallets, along with donations of clothes, baby items, shoes, medical equipment and more. A special thanks goes to Moira and her friends who prepared 100 food parcels to go in the container.

The container has now arrived in Reef Latakia, a camp full of families in desperate need. We’re very pleased to say that the food aid has been distributed to those in need and the families are able to go in and choose what they need the most from the donations.

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Thank you to everyone who donated and made this a possibility! You can watch a video of the container arriving here.

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Pledge for Syria

As the situation continues to worsen on the ground in Syria, today Road To Freedom announce their plans to send a container full of food pallets (30 pallets altogether) which will go inside Syria and will be delivered directly to innocent civilians who are in dire need of our support.
The pallets will be a mix of:

– Rice
– Assorted jars of pulses, veg and pickles
– Cooking Oil
– Pasta
– Tuna
– Baby Food
The food will be bought by a Christian organisation in Lincolnshire, each pallet costs £150.
In addition to the pallets, we will also be collecting warm clothing which include: hoodies, jackets, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags and such that we will store until the container comes to collect.
The container will be provided by Al Fatiha Global who continuously work around the clock to get aid inside Syria through Turkey.
We are aiming to purchase all the pallets and get all the clothing by November 13th, the process of the container going from the UK to Turkey and finally into Syria takes six weeks altogether.
If you need anymore information, give us a shout at – raed.khan@roadtofreedom.org

CONTACT US

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