April 2022’s convoy was the weekend of the 22nd-24th, with a huge group making their way up from Cambridge, carrying all sorts of essential donations!
The large turnout of almost 30 volunteers meant that the warehouse was absolutely full of life Saturday and Sunday with huge amounts of work being managed.
Checking tents and shoes was carried out over the two days with the entire warehouse supply being sorted. The warehouse manager could not believe the amount of boxes we had sorted and filled with the Cambridge manpower! We also had convoy members doing tasks from chopping wood to sorting rucksacks, everyone was busy!
As a first time volunteer, I was completely inspired by the hard work of the individuals in the warehouse who day in day out are serving those living in Calais by providing all essential items.
The sheer amount of items in the warehouse is overwhelming but they are all needed. No sooner than we have sorted tents will they be handed out, used, destroyed in police raids or weather conditions and needed again.
With recent revelations about the governments plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda there was an element of fear in the air towards the unknowns of the future. However, the desire for safety and the need to support those in Calais remains unchanged by government policy.
The need in Calais is huge and continues to be but it is great to know that we were able to offer vital support to get donations out to the people that need them.
Aside from the huge benefit our work contributes to helping refugees, the CamCRAG convoy is a great opportunity to connect with other people, develop new friendships and to explore Calais, a town we never actually stop in. All in all an amazing weekend!