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Hand delivering some shower and sanity items to refugees in Athens area. 100% self-funded by me personally so ALL your donation goes on razor blades, shower gels, soap, toothbrushes and paste, etc, etc.

Update 02 June, Hubert

Good news feedback from a volunteer in the field...

"Whoever it is that deserves the thanks wanted to say that several refugees came to tell me today that they are extremely happy with the food they get in Elliniko now. They said it suddenly changed a week or so ago and is now excellent with salads and yoghurts and meat even :) So thank you to whoever is contributing."

*** NEARLY FIVE THOUSAND RAISED.... GREAT SOLIDARITY *** 

Thanks to all those who've given so amazingly generously

All your money will be administrated by me personally - 'direct action aid' 

I'm probably a lot like you.. we're all watching the refugees move on the TV, wondering how to help. There are so many stories now, yet so many ways to help. Yet optimism reigns... if delicately so. Just beware the 'news'! :-)

Govt's are helping to their own best ways, though the people of our generation now have the responsibility to take on these unprecedented plights.

We're seeing great work from NGOs and others, though my best observations are now impressively via sophisticated independent methods. And why not? The internet when used well will serve us well.... news, donations, human help.

"Which side of history will you be on..."

I have to admit one thing... which is why I've not posted till now: I came here to Greece pretty much under the radar, not 'fundraising' or drawing attention. My goal simple: to go and help, find out if I even can, unsure for all the mis-info on the web. I felt awkward and unsure... about what I was doing. 

Now I'm here and can see things myself. My own budgets are drying up and I'm buying what I can, my saving emptying (so you know I'm serious).

I thought previously things like '...folk know already how or what to do... they don't need to give more... or me ask... I'll just go do my own little bit'. But that was then and this is now. I'm learning all the time and take all my hats off to the volunteers who spent months of the Long Winter self-funded on Lesbos and elsewhere. They don't make the 'news'. 

In talking to a journalist earlier this afternoon, we agreed the only 'end of stories' should be the end of the crisis. We walked around and I helped intro him to various open and articulate people. He will produce a radio show back in his native Slovenia though in English... that will help get the humanity in. Not the sadness... the humanity. Our overarching view then being 'we are the messengers... too....'. 

I've met folk maimed from ISIS and Taliban war, men my age (and younger) unable to use parts and limbs. Some near tears to get a plastic razor blade to shave I pull from my pocket. I've had a great time as well once I got over the nerves of feeling inadequate to the nth degree amongst these displaced peoples. Yet at all times was I made feel at home... ME, in their camp!

In the showers where I'm mucking in with a few other guys, we've been doing our best to help get everyone in (and out) without being too transactional, keeping their dignity intact, minding their phones and watches, talking to their kids - who pretty much always have a smile and a high-five for us... thank goodness (no god) they at least have a laugh to share.. they are the life blood of the place.

My heart is full of focus and more determination now than before. I'm not even sure what else I can do. But I know there's lots... there will always be lots.

Why all this detail... I didn't even plan to write! Though now I'm glad I did.

Here's the deal: give me a few quid or Euros and i'll simply 'spend it on your behalf' to get some of the washing goods they need so bad. There's enough clothes. It's to get them hygiened up again and to help retain some (psychological?) pride and dignity. I find it incredibly amazing there's such a great interest in even looking 'a bit cool' in the younger men... that to me is optimism incarnate: in the shite they can find a way for a laugh and to mock my bald head and their ducks' ass hairdos... and thank goodness again for that!

I find it incredibly amazing there's such a great interest in even looking 'a bit cool' in the younger men... that to me is optimism incarnate: in the shite they can find a way for a laugh and to mock my bald head and their ducks' ass hairdos... and thank goodness too!

So now I'm going public: 'gis your odds..!' 'll hand-deliver it to your new pals from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq. They are so polite and grateful for any help, they are but you and us. 

I'll hand-deliver it to your new pals from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Iraq. They are already smiling... 

NOTE: some of them up for WhatsApp chats too and practicing their English... if you want to help 'volunteer' you can take on 'one person' and i'll happily intro you... there you go! :)

I wish for love and peace and here's one way to get there.. help! :)

LOVE

x Hubert 

PS So we're clear I'm financing ALL the trip and your money goes on hard-goods, which I'm buying anyway. So no fees nor deductions, ever. Just goods. 

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