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A huge thank you to the Glastonbury 2014 Litter Pickers

Jul 8 2014 by

The Bhopal Medical Appeal would like to say a huge thank you to the 80 volunteers who joined the Litter picking team at Glastonbury Festival this year!

In return for their hard work over the festival, Glastonbury will be donating the wages of each volunteer to the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

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Volunteers clearing the Pyramid Stage

Each day at the festival, when the music fades, and the happy campers trudge back to their tents, the fields of revelers in front of the Pyramid stage are replaced by a sea of cans, cups and rubbish. Every year hundreds of volunteers are tasked with clearing the site before the ticket holders rise and head back out. Rain or shine the job is done and for the last 12 years the Bhopal Medical Appeal has been lucky enough to have volunteers working hard, spreading awareness about the charity as well as raising  money at Glastonbury.

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The rubbish left after each day

The Bhopal Medical Appeal is indebted to these volunteers. A special mention goes out to Sarah Speakman Jones who was lucky enough to be called out to meet the father of Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, to be congratulated for her hard work. There are many other volunteers who keep returning and a huge thank you goes out to these veterans of the Recycling Crew.

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A Bhopal Medical Appeal volunteer gets to meet Michael Eavis.

 

Fancy getting your hands dirty for charity?

If you are interested in volunteering for the Bhopal Medical Appeal at Glastonbury 2015 then you can contact us here. In return for doing your shifts you receive a free festival ticket, crew camping (with warm showers and a modestly priced crew bar), and two free meals a day for each shift. Glastonbury will donate your litter picking wage to the Bhopal Medical Appeal, which means you aren’t just helping to clean up the festival site, you are also raising money for a great cause!

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New photos, Sambhavna Clinic

Jun 26 2014 by

 

A new collection of photos, of the Sambhavna Clinic, by Ed Hanley from the Canadian band ‘AutoRickshaw.

See Ed’s pictures Here:  CLICK HERE

Autorickshaw’s song ‘City of Lakes’ accompanies the pictures and the song is available to download here. All proceeds go to the Sambhavna Clinic.

CLICK FOR CITY OF LAKES

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The Empty Promise of Bhopal: Evolution of a Disaster

Jun 25 2014 by

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Justin Senzer, a high school sophomore at Herricks High School on New York’s Long Island, has produced a quite remarkable documentary. In Justin’s words:

“My interest in the issues confronting Bhopal arose out of a research project that I recently completed on the 1984 Union Carbide accident, in connection with my participation in the National History Day competition. Each year, the National History Day organization sponsors a competition for students all over the country who compete by producing projects all tied to the year’s chosen theme. This year’s theme was rights and responsibilities in history. My research, in which I utilized the ICJB website, culminated in my production of a documentary entitled, “National History Day competition.”
“My documentary explores and analyzes the rights and responsibilities of Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, and the Indian Government in initially encouraging Union Carbide to invest in India, and addresses the long-term effects of the Bhopal disaster, which have yet to be resolved.”

The documentary won first place in the National History Day Long Island regional competition in March.

It subsequently went forward to the competition for National History Day, held at the University of Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. The film as entered in the individual documentary category, was named as a finalist, and placed eighth overall in the United States in the final round of competition.

Our congratulations, and our thanks, go to Justin for his excellent work.

The Empty Promise of Bhopal- Evolution of a Disaster : CLICK HERE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Report on Bhopal to Bridgehampton Disaster Tourism Performance at Roehampton University

Jun 19 2014 by

Back at the start of May, over three evenings, drama students from the University of Roehampton performed their interpretation of an experimental photo essay by senior lecturer Paul Antick. On the final night the performance was followed by a panel discussion, on the politics of disaster representation, accompanied by the first public showing of Francesca Moore’s Arts Council funded photography project #Bhopalfacing30.

Francesca Moore reports on the evening in her blog: #Bhopalfacing30

Photos from the performance

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Photos from the original essay by Paul Antick

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#BhopalFacing30 in Professional Photographer magazine

Jun 16 2014 by

Congratulations to Francesca Moore nominated for Environmental Photographer of the Year and now one of the featured photographers in a Professional Photographer article on the exhibition.

http://www.professionalphotographer.co.uk/Exhibitions/May-2014/Striking-images-at-the-Environmental-Photographer-of-the-Year-Exhibit

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(c) Francesca Moore, 2014. ‘Bhopal Facing 30′

      
 
 
 
 

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Yoga Events at Leeds Uni

Jun 10 2014 by

On Tuesday the 3rd of June the Leeds University Yoga Society held an event at an organic vegetarian cafe in the city center to raise awareness about the Bhopal Medical Appeal and Yoga therapy at Sambhavna. They conducted a yoga class, followed by fresh juice and salads. During the meal Melanie Hadida gave a talk about Yoga Therapy at Sambhavna and about the work of the Bhopal Medical Appeal. 

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Leeds University Yoga Society in action.

The group stated they were inspired to organise some fundraisers when the fall semester begins with some people were even interested in volunteering in Bhopal!

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The Yoga Society followed the yoga class with fresh juices and salads and a talk on yoga Therapy at the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal

Click here to find out more about how yoga therapy is used at the Sambhavna Clinic.

If you would like to hold an event  for the Bhopal Medical Appeal do not hesitate to contact us. For further details on ways that you can help the Bhopal Medical Appeal click here.

 

 

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The Bhopal Medical Appeal remembers Moira Wales

May 27 2014 by

Flame of Bhopal 21 The Bhopal Medical Appeal remembers Moira Wales bhopal medical appealMoira Wales, who had been suffering from breast cancer and died on April 1st 2014.

Moira nominated the BMA as one of the charities to benefit from kind donations friends and family made in lieu of flowers at her funeral.

Moira deeply valued social justice – with a compassion for the downtrodden and those who had been dealt an unfair hand in life that was coupled with an anger against those who abuse their positions of power, influence or privilege. This passion was part of who she was and was a reflection of how much she cared about the people around her and the wider concerns that affected the world she lived in.

David Mitchell’s complex novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ was a seminal text for Moira, a talented writer herself. She wrote an eloquent review for her local book group. Her husband, Jon remarks; ‘She succeeded, I feel, in capturing the essence of its complexity by identifying its core meaning’. She writes:

“The events in the novel are dark. Tears are everywhere. Is there hope that humanity can forever leave its appalling behaviour behind? We have to believe in this hope. Acts of human decency spawn further goodness and although each act is but a drop in the ocean, in the closing words of ‘Cloud Atlas’;

“What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

 

Jon felt this was a fitting epitaph for Moira.

With our most humble thanks.

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