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The Bhopal Medical Appeal at the Backwell Festival

Jul 17 2014 by

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At the Backwell Festival

Last Saturday (July 12th) the Backwell festival took place and we were proud to be there as the international charity for the festival. Around 500 people turned up and the day was a lovely family event that was increadbly well organised. The organisers and the crowd  very friendly and we felt honoured to be part of the festival this year.

There were two main stages at the event hosting some great local musicians. The highlight of this year’s festival included the fantastic Celestine, and a headline act – who bought the festival to a rocking high – Doreen Doreen. The organisers of the event really made us welcome and it was great to have been given a platform on one of the stages for one of the charity’s representatives, Tim Edwards, to give a talk about the Appeal.

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Celestine, one of the leading events at the Backwell Festival

 

 

 

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Congratulations to our 2014 10km runners

Jul 15 2014 by

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Our wonderful runners chilling out after the race.

Congratulations and thank you to those who ran the British London 10K on the 13th of July on behalf of the Bhopal Medical Appeal. It has been 30 years since the disaster and the run helped us raise over £4500 so far, which is a great start, but with quite a lot more still to come in this looks like it will be a great result for us!

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One of our runners in action

The event turned out to be a lot of fun for all those participating on this beautiful day (although a bit on the hot side). 23 people ran this year and got to run through the country’s capital, passing some of its most amazing landmarks en route. Sticking to tradition, the runners had a picnic of beer and curry in Hyde Park where they got to relax after running 10K in a sweltering heat.

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Runners – see times below.

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Like the idea of running for Bhopal? We would love to hear form you! We have places for next years Brighton Half Marathon on February 25th and for next years Brighton Marathon on July 12th. Call us on 01273 603278 or email us at admin@bhopal.org.

 

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Bright Blue Yoga supports Sambhavna’s Yoga Therapy

Jul 10 2014 by

Bright Blue Yoga supports Yoga Therapy and Women’s Health in India

Georgina Bassford runs yoga classes in the Bath area for adults, pregnancy, postnatal mothers and babies, toddlers and preschoolers under the name of Bright Blue Yoga. Georgina is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher and offers hatha yoga classes designed ti improve physical and mental well being. She also has specialist training and experience in antenatal yoga and holds classes to help the pregnant woman prepare for  labour whilst keeping as healthy and relaxed as possible during the pregnancy.

Recently, Georgina has been introduced to the incredible work that the Sambhavna Clinic carries out using yoga and has been inspired to set up her own ongoing fundraising campaign for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. In Georgina’s own words:

“I’ve always wanted to support a charity through my yoga practice and business and have finally found one that really resonates with me. I hope it will with you too. I am only just starting out, in June 2014, on my fundraising journey for the Bhopal Medical Appeal, and hope that over the months and years you will support me in funding their amazing and important work in a variety of ways…”

Our heartfelt thanks go to Georgina for her commitment to our appeal and to the work of the Sambhavna Clinic.

You can visit the Bright Blue Yoga site here and, if you live in the Bath area, then why not consider taking some classes with Georgina.

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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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