Fundraising

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News From Gujarat

We’ve recently heard from our friends at the Jay Ambe hospital in Chaparda and share this news…

The first wave of Covid-19 was relatively benign in India, however, as we have all seen on the news, the second wave ‘Indian variant’ has been devastating with medical services across the country unable to cope and desperately short of oxygen supplies.

Picture2Two weeks ago, WM responded to a call to help fund an oxygen generator for the Jay Ambe hospital at Chaparda.  While we are always very careful how charity funds are used, the WM team were very motivated to help the community hospital which has hosted so many acupuncture camps over the years.  Because of covid, we were not able to travel to India last January so we decided to donate the funds we would have used as a way of helping the same people we would normally have seen from local villages.

The oxygen generator is now installed, working, and supplying oxygen to the hospital and the isolated covid wards that have been set up adjacent to the hospital.

Government attempts to roll out a vaccination programme has been severely affected as Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast wreaking havoc with many lives lost.  The 120 mile/hr winds damaged 16,000 houses in Gujarat alone, ripping up trees and downing power lines. A second cyclone is expected to follow hitting the east coast of the country within the next few days.

In the wake of this there are additional worries: there is a growing awareness that many post covid patients, particularly diabetics and others with immunosuppressed conditions are very susceptible to Mucormycosis, referred to as ‘black fungus’ which can have fatal consequences if not treated promptly.

India is indeed suffering – with the poorest suffering the most, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

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Super Skater Steph!

By Emma Vaughan

downloadKeeping it in the family, Rafe’s Aunty Steph has also been busy!

She recently skated 26 miles during the virtual kiltwalk weekend and raised £809 which means with the extra Hunter foundation contribution an amazing total of £1213.

This is fabulous fundraising and again we are hugely grateful. This fundraising effort has come at a time when India is facing a devastating crisis and indeed our own friends and colleagues at Jay Ambe hospital are facing mounting pressure as the local community suffer from a second wave of Covid infections.

This week we have been able to make a contribution to a direct appeal from the hospital for life saving oxygen and so the commitment of our volunteers and their families has been particularly poignant and welcome.

Our collective kiltwalk efforts have raised £2577, giving us £3865 in total once Sir Tom Hunter has bolstered our own efforts.

Brilliant achievement, thank you everyone who has supported our efforts either by participating , cheerleading our team or contributing directly to the fundraising!

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Remarkable Rafe!

By Emma Vaughan

a894f606-5459-4929-89c2-fbbc91df288fRafe is the 6 year old grandson of Barbara and Dave, with the former being a World Medicine trustee and volunteer.

He is indeed a remarkable boy as this is now his second year dedicated to helping fundraise for our charity, and both years he has done it with some style! Considering the size of his legs, we are all amazed at his stamina and his commitment. Together with his parents he has been a prolific fundraiser and this year alone he raised an incredible £890. With the Hunter foundation contribution this means that Rafe’s efforts will have generated £1335. This is a massive achievement and we are hugely grateful to him and all his generous sponsors.

Thank you Rafe!

Barbara recently interviewed Rafe before the kiltwalk to get some tips and motivation!

Enjoy our wee video..

 

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Kiltwalk 2021

By Emma Vaughan

The 23rd of April heralded the start of Scotland’s virtual Kiltwalk challenge ! Over the weekend, Barbara, her husband Dave, daughter Stephanie and 6 year old grandson Rafe plus Emma in Scotland embarked on various walks and in Stephanie’s case skated, yes skated their way on the 26 mile challenge!

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a894f606-5459-4929-89c2-fbbc91df288fThe weather was uncharacteristically kind to all of us which is remarkable as we are spread across 3 nations, and we were able to complete our journeys within the time frame allowed. This is Rafe’s second walk for World Medicine and we are are incredibly proud of him. You’ll read all about him in our next blog which gives a fuller picture on his fundraising efforts with a lovely video introducing him.

Stephanie also deserves a special mention as her unique challenge was incredible as she hadn’t put a pair of skates on for 30 years! An amazing effort, backed up with awesome fundraising! We feared for her safety but can report that she is still in one piece and uncomplaining!

So far our team has raised over £2500 which will be bolstered by 50% thanks to the Hunter foundation. A fantastic achievement which allows us to continue our work both in the UK and abroad! Donations can be accepted until May 2nd so please support us if you can.

Well done everybody, and also thank you to all the supporters in the background who helped us with our individual challenges.

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A Spring in your step …

Yes, we are walking again.  Our eagle-eyed observers have commented that most of our fundraising involves walking, and there is a reason for this: its accessible to so many people.  The essence being that it doesn’t have to be an arduous marathon slog over swampy terrain in rubbish weather – all you have to do is step outside your door and put one foot in front of the other.  How easy is that?

Of course, you might want to check the weather forecast and put on some sturdy shoes – but its all about getting out into the fresh air.  Maybe your luck will be in and you glimpse a bit of early Spring sunshine, robins scrapping in flower beds, sparrows twittering in hedgerows.  Snowdrops are out there nodding their heads waiting for the first bees to venture out of their hives ……………..  and we too should venture out, breathe deeply, sun on face – and take the first step of many.

I’m fed up with talking about lockdown, the challenges and restrictions; you know them all as well as me, so I’m not going to. I am going to tell you about a brilliant challenge being created by WM that is accessible to everyone!  It’s a virtual journey from our HQ in York to the Jay Ambe hospital in Chaparda, Gujarat, where we run our annual acupuncture clinic. That’s almost 6000 miles!  Before you say “I couldn’t possibly walk that far” – well, of course you couldn’t – by yourself: but this is all about contributing to a team effort, so however many, or few, steps you take could all add up to getting to India in time for the next clinic in January 2022.

Your personal goals have a part to play here – its about getting out for a walk regularly, making it a habit and reaping the rewards of better health, having a (distanced) chat to neighbours and feeling your mood rise.

So, watch this space – details coming soon and perhaps you could raise some small amount to help our fundraising.  All money raised will be used to support World Medicine projects, and not exclusively Chaparda.

I hope you will feel inspired to join us, its going to be amazing!  Let’s do this!

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Emma on 2021

Hello everyone!

Although we have been very quiet over recent months, much has been going on behind the scenes as it were! Firstly, we hope that all our friends at World Medicine are safe and well. 2020 was a very difficult year and so far 2021 continues to be challenging. We were unable to continue any of our projects due to COVID restrictions and so both the work at Grenfell and Chaparda were put on hold. Many members of our previous Chaparda team keenly felt the loss of being in India this year and so we were delighted that Barbara has managed to maintain regular contact with Babubhai at the hospital and have been reassured that the pandemic has not overwhelmed the community there. We intend to return in 2022 but will be cautiously planning for a few months to come before we make a final decision. We also have another exciting London based project in the pipeline which will be announced in due course.

This brings me onto FUNDRAISING! On Easter Day we are going to launch our CHAPARDA challenge fundraiser. Our intention is to walk, swim or cycle the entire length of the journey from our HQ in York to the Jay Ambe hospital in Chaparda. We aim to complete the challenge virtually, logging our journey onto an online platform which will help us map the journey ! Please don’t be put off if you think this sounds complex. Barbara, Dave, Jude and Emma walked a virtual West Highland way last week to road test the system with our IT support Chris supporting us ( literally) every step of the way. It is very straightforward! We will be looking for folk to sign up to our teams at a cost of £12 per person. This will cover everyone’s admin and registration cost etc. We will then link you to a fundraising platform in the hope that your friends and family might donate a little money to spur you on to help us complete our truly epic journey! More detailed information will follow but in the meantime if you or anyone you know are interested in taking part please contact emma@ world medicine.com and I will add you on to our fundraising what’s app group for easy access to information and support. All money raised will be used to support all World Medicine projects and not exclusively Chaparda.

We hope you feel inspired to join us, it’s going to be amazing.. !!!!

Let’s make 2021 a fabulous year of getting fit, being outside as much as possible and RAISING money for World Medicine!!