I have been humbled by my experiences in Calais
I made the decision to volunteer after a conversation with my daughter about doing something positive whenever we can. It struck me that it might be time to practice what I preach! One week after returning from Calais, I am still processing it all.
Living in tents, under bushes, by the side of roads with the most basic of provisions, the plight of refugees in Calais has not gone away.
I had the privilege of meeting and talking to people from all over the world, each with a story of horror but also of human resilience and strength. I played football and cricket, sat and had a cup of tea, drew pictures and even attempted to dance! I listened as a man cried as he told me he had not seen his children in three years. I reflected on how lucky I am as a 15 year old told me that he just can’t wait to be able to shower every day because he is tired of not being able to be clean. I watched in admiration as volunteers gave care and first aid to treat injuries.
I have discovered that people who volunteer with Care4Calais come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills and experiences but what really matters most is that they care. I have been humbled by my experiences in Calais and I have learnt how important it is to care. Thank you for having me.
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