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The Blue Peter team get behind the Welcome Home Appeal

Blue Peter launches Welcome Home Appeal with British Red Cross

Category: CBBC

Date: 08.11.2004
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Blue Peter is to work with The British Red Cross in its new Welcome Home Appeal, launched today on the programme.


The appeal will support the vital work the Red Cross carries out in Angola putting families and children back in touch following years of conflict.


In the coming months, the programme will be asking its viewers to participate in the appeal by donating special Blue Peter bags of clothing via Red Cross shops, which will be tagged and sold to raise money.


Presenter Konnie Huq said: "While we were filming in Angola, one of the most moving stories we told was that of 15-year-old Idalina.


"She had been separated from her family for five years, but through the tracing service they had been found.


"To see Idalina reunited with her parents and witness at first hand the grief, pain, joy and incredible emotion made me determined to get Blue Peter viewers to help.


"By donating unwanted clothing - just five bags can help one adult trace a relative - we can really make a difference."


In Angola, the tracing and message service reunites children with their parents as well as putting adults back in touch.


This contact is sometimes the first time they have heard from their families for decades.


There are currently thousands of children and adults registered with the Red Cross in Angola as either looking for or being sought by their family members.


Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive, Red Cross, said: "The money the Welcome Home Appeal will raise is vital to the Red Cross work in Angola.


"The country is twice the size of France, and it is difficult for separated families to get in touch.


"There are few telephones, mobiles or computers for email, and no proper postal service.


"It is estimated that 90 per cent of Angolan families have lost contact with at least one member of their family separated during the war – so the need for our work is now greater than ever."


Donated clothing will go towards the following:


500 bags (£5,000) reunites five children with their families;


100 bags (£1,000) pays for 100 copies of The Gazeta, a newspaper that lists missing relatives;


50 bags (£500) trains two tracing volunteers to help bring families back together;


10 bags (£100) buys four kits containing clothes, toothbrushes and schoolbooks to help children when the return home;


5 bags (£50) helps one adult find a relative through the Red Cross tracing network;


1 bag (£10) delivers two Red Cross messages.


Notes to Editors

Raising money for good causes at home and overseas has always been at the heart of Blue Peter.


Since the start of the Annual Appeal in 1963 viewers action and generosity have helped millions of pounds to help people all over the world.


Over the years Blue Peter has helped raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia, provided rescue lifeboats, built farming schools in Uganda, provided guide dogs for the blind, accommodation for homeless children in Lebanon, mobility for deaf children, and bought oxygen kits for children with cystic fibrosis.


Blue Peter goes out fives times a week on both BBC ONE and the CBBC channel.


About British Red Cross


In the UK, the British Red Cross has 35,000 committed volunteers working in almost every community.


It responds to emergencies such as fires and floods, trains more than 150,000 people in first aid every year and provides first aid teams at major events and helps vulnerable people at home or in hospital.


It also gives practical and emotional assistance to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and restores family links of those separated by war or disaster.


Across the world, the British Red Cross also helps people to cope following conflict and disasters such as earthquakes and floods.


All items of clothing are welcomed in the bags except children's shoes.




Category: CBBC

Date: 08.11.2004
Printable version


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