In 100 days I set off with the four youngest kids for another walk (by the way, they are no longer called “the little four” – two of them like to think they are taller than me now and the youngest is already N.I.N.E. years old).
It’ll be a charity walk with a difference. No raising money. No wells to dig. No set distance to cover.
We are going to walk from Seville to Santiago, but it won’t be just a walk. Before we get to Seville, we’ll be stopping in Madrid.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Last year we crocheted, knit and collected blankets and woolen gear for refugees. The original goal was to get it to LILY, a one-lady-band working with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Unfortunately, getting the gear to her has proved too difficult. However, we have been in contact with an organisation in Madrid (Bienvenidos Refugiados Madrid) that is taking parcels to the camps in Calais and Lesvos almost every week. They would welcome whatever we can offer them. Before we even knew about them, we had booked our tickets to Madrid. We couldn’t get on a direct connecting flight to Seville so ended up having to stay the night in Madrid. So we booked a hostel too. Turns out this hostel is just a few hundred meters from the BRM office – and if we had got a direct flight we wouldn’t have had time to meet with them.
When we go for a walk we don’t check our backpacks through. We take so little that we just have it as carry-on baggage. That means we each have 30kg we could check through. 150kg for refugees (although I suspect we won’t physically be able to singlehandedly carry quite that much!) So far we have 22kg of blankets, sweaters, socks, scarves, hats and thermal underwear. In the next hundred days we’re hoping to collect more.
Do you have anything along those lines that you could donate? Not old socks with holes in them please; just warm, cosy, serviceable, got-life-left-in-it-still stuff. If you give it, we’ll take it, a few bags of love from the End of the World.