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Merry Christmas…4Basra has raised €1,600

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Merry Christmas from 4Basra and thank you so much to everyone who has helped and supported us this year.

In the past six weeks or so, with the help of Nicholas Wood, Dr Chris Burns-Cox, the guys at Media Lens, and thanks to donations from a number of doctors in the UK and Ireland and a number of my own contacts, we have raised €1,600. This brings the total raised in 2007 to €2,700.

Although this is a tiny fraction of the total amount of money needed to buy medicines and supplies every year for the hospital (about €250,000), every little is very much appreciated and badly needed.

We hope to add to this in the New Year with further efforts.

Doctors in Basra still face danger every day

If you saw BBC”s Panorama report from Basra earlier this month, or read recent reports in The Guardian or , you”ll know that doctors in Basra still face incredibly .

In the past six months, 48 women have been killed in the city and doctors are kidnapped for ransoms of up to US$20,000 at a time.

This is still a city living in fear, where the future is uncertain and doctors and nurses face unspeakable dangers and unimaginable risks every day.

Spare a thought for them during this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Basra needs your help

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The situation in Iraq has been worsening over the past few months.

A colleague of one of the doctors working in the children’s hospital in Basra was recently found dead in a rubbish dump, her body cut into pieces.

One important ward of the chilren’s hospital will close if my colleague in Vienna cannot help, and I hope to make a contribution to her fundraising efforts.

The next medical consignment is due to be shipped in October or November, so I’d like to try to raise some funds to contribute to that.

Oxfam recently published a report on the humanitarian situation in Iraq and I plan to contact them along with a number other people who might be able to help.

I’ve neglected to do any more on this due to pressure of other work and the Irish elections, which meant some of the people I was planning to contact were very busy.  

The initial fundraising target will be €5,000, but I hope to raise the bar as we go along.

I’ll organise things and contact people when I have the time, but other than that, it’ll be emails, calls and drinks if necessary to see who I can cajole into helping.

If you’ve got an idea for a quiz, an event, a whip-round or some other event, I’ll help when and where I can.

I hope some of you will get in touch.


Monday, November 6th, 2006

BBC Films are currently in Dublin filming The Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes mystery for BBC One and Children’s BBC. 

The exterior of the building which houses the 4Basra office (which was perhaps a sitting room or dining room once upon a time) is being used in the film. 

However, the crew have also hung blinds and curtains in the front window and left a bit of a mess in the office after filming yesterday. 

As they are due back next Sunday, on the very slim chance that you’re reading guys, could you please leave the room as you found it next weekend?

Conscious Consumerism

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Consumer tastes are notoriously fickle, changing at an ever-faster pace.  

Nonetheless, contributions from the ubiquitous ‘Red’ campaign – Motorola mobile phones, The Independent newspaper, Ipods, credit cards, etc. – recently topped $10 million. 

As yesterday’s reported, Ali Hewson’s Edun ethical fashion range is another recent example. 

Closer to home, Oxfam Ireland launched The Cake Sale: a 9-song CD by a loose and expansive collection of well-known musicians and writers. 

As the trend continues, it seems that like any other business, the companies and charities co-operating in these ventures will have to be both leaders and followers: shaping the direction of campaigns while at the same time adapting to consumer tastes.

Are You Experienced?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Having lunch with some relatives recently, my uncle mentioned he was thinking of doing some voluntary work. 

He runs a successful small business and there is no doubt that some of his skills and experienced would be valuable to a charity or NGO of some sort. 

My advice was that he should look into the idea and then his skills could then be matched to an organisation that needs them. 

Several months’ previously, I mentioned someone else to whom I’d spoken who had ‘time on his hands’ – another successful businessman, (although who had retired) and it struck me that he probably had skills and experience that would benefit an organisation as well. 

Reading through some media job descriptions recently, I noticed one or two companies whose employee benefits include charity days, for which I believe staff are paid, but can do voluntary work on those days.  

Imagine what could be achieved if every company did this…