I am currently touring Europe – a beautiful continent, populated by incredibly kind and friendly people. For me and, probably, for you too, travelling to this part of the world is as easy as booking a flight or jumping on a bus.
But, as we have all been reading in the news, it’s not that way for everyone. So far this year over 2,300 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to find a better life in Europe. Confronted with all of these horrifying images – such as that of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was found washed up on a Turkish beach – it’s easy to feel depressed and powerless. But there is something we can do to help.
The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has rescued over 11,000 refugees from the Mediterranean in the last year alone. Operating from Malta, they use advanced drone technology to spot boats in distress and dispatch their ship, the Phoenix, to provide life-saving assistance.
Today I would like to give you a challenge. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station costs approximately £5300 per day to run. If you can raise enough to keep it running for one day I will match your donations by funding another day myself. If we raise more than the target that's no bad thing either!
Together we can save lives.
Learn more about MOAS's work here: http://www.moas.eu/
And follow the wider campaign: twitter.com/artistsformoas