Separated child Gulwali Passarlay, who fled Afghanistan aged 12, was chosen to carry Olympic Torch in Bolton, now aged 17.

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The Separated Child Foundation goes to Limmudfest!
24 August 2008

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Derbyshire saw the arrival of the Limmudfest Jewish arts and family education camp. Hannah Weisfeld, Social Action and Campaigns Coordinator at the Jewish Community Centre for London, had the idea of encouraging Limmudfest participants to bring an item suitable for The Separated Child Foundation's Arrival Packs project and to organise a packathon.

Hannah also invited trustee Angela Gluck to speak about The Separated Child Foundation and our projects in a learning session for adults entitled 'Fleeing conflict: life with no family'.

Angela then ran a discussion and role-play session for 8-12 year olds. "The children were extremely responsive and showed a high level of involvement," said Rima Salahié, devoted and tireless volunteer. "They were incredibly perceptive in envisaging the needs of separated children and young people. They showed great empathy with people little older than themselves who have not only fled terror and are traumatised by the loss of their family but also endure the indignities of Home Office procedures."

The packathon took place in the field! Children and adults joined forces to spread out all the contributions, sort them by type and bag them up, ready to be delivered to separated children and young people who have recently arrived in the UK.

Many thanks to
Limmudfest and to the Jewish Community Centre for London!

4 July 2008

Sarah Hodgson and friends ran a Social4Social, a live music fund-raising evening, in Finsbury Park, north London. "We raised an incredible £900!" says Sarah. "It's going towards the weekly social evening at the Refugee Council for unaccompanied children and teenagers recently arrived in the UK. It's a place to make friends and start a new life. Hundreds go to the social each week and it's a lifeline. The idea for Social4Social was conceived and realised two years ago by Ester Gluck, a volunteer at the social evening. The Friday evening in Finsbury was dedicated to Ester by way of continuing her hard work and determination to alleviate young people's suffering. I think she would have been proud of the turnout."

The Separated Child Foundation received £100 from the money raised.