Last Sunday 8th February we welcomed almost 70 people to our Launch Day at the Community Centre in Monk Fryston in Yorkshire. Half of those attending were aid team members with the balance being invited guests. The centre is very modern, spacious and an ideal venue for such an occasion and with bright sunny spring like weather all things looked promising and we were not disappointed. All were welcomed with a glass of wine (or two) and enjoyed a splendid hot meal of homemade Lasagne, salad and baked potatoes followed by a variety of sweet choices.
A presentation followed and covered a potted history of Belarus and the Aid Teams previous 15 years of making their 50 convoys to assist the less fortunate people in that country. With our new charity now formally registered with the charity commission this was an event to celebrate and to show our intent on continuing our work with our next convoy of four vehicles due to leave in late March.
The event attracted the media and we featured in a radio interview at 8am on the day with Radio York and then Katie from BBC Look North came to film and interview and we were featured on the Look North slot that evening.
Those attending had the opportunity to donate and we are very grateful for their contributions many of which are gift aided which means that the charity can reclaim 25p in the £pound should the donor be a tax payer. Over £2000 was raised on the day and envelopes are still being received. Many thanks to you all.
We are proud as a team that all our members are volunteers and I can report that all the cost of the event – wine – food- Raffle prizes, set up costs etc were sponsored by individual members and that all donations will go directly towards the delivery of aid to the sick, disabled children and adults in Belarus.