My FUZE journey so far is short. But it has definitely been a whirlwind. It’s easy to say ‘yeah, I want to start a project’ but the time, organisation and passion that is required? Not so easy.
From bucket collecting on rainy days to planning local events, it is all for the sole purpose of raising money for our cause. It is all so that the FUZE team can first hand put names and people to the faceless mass to those often generalised as ‘the refugees in camp’.
It is so that you see the real appreciation in a person’s face when you hand them a pair of tracksuit bottoms to replace their tatty too-short-in-the-leg trousers, or a bottle of oil so that they can actually cook. Little things that we are all guilty of taking for granted. But it is these small acts that go a long way and make a huge difference.
I think it is fair to say that this is not something that will be solved anytime soon. I have been following the Immigration Bill through Parliament, from the first stages to the steps it is at now. To comprehend the sheer scope of what is required is bewildering. The short-term, the long-term and all that is in between. The reality is that help needs to go beyond cash. The roles of care workers, foster parents, nurses and translators just to name a few. Everyone can have a part to play.
As for now, I am proud to be part of the first step. Helping people that are in limbo, who have had to flee the home they grew up in and forced into an undefined way of life. We can all make living that little bit more bearable for these people by providing essentials. Acts of kindness, albeit small acts of kindness, go a long way. It seems that these people only get this kind of first hand support from grass roots charities and organisations.
Raising money is also one of those things that is easier said than done. Trying to think of new and fresh ideas proves a challenge, but I am glad to say that FUZE are giving it one hell of a shot. We are doing all we can to be part of the help we wish to see, giving our time outside of work so that we can be a part of the wider change- but we need continued support.
The team are going over to Dunkirk this weekend aided with food items kindly donated by people, local businesses and those who have donated money. Please take the time to read through our website, and help us to help them. Your generosity can go a long way, and we genuinely cannot do this without you.