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

Our News: January to March 2008Our News: January to March 2008

The Magical Muju Crew: The MUJU UpSTARTS Festival
2 March 2008

A group of young Jewish and Muslim artists worked together to create a day of art and culturea cacophany of collaboration, they called it, that included a new play by the Muju Crew, live music, performance poetry, films and mural-painting.

"This event is inspired by the memory of
Ester Gluck who was a member of the Muju Crew at the Tricycle Theatre and worked with people seeking asylum," said Warren Minde, festival co-organiser.

Donning The Separated Child Foundation purple T-shirts, a band of 50 volunteers ran a stall to engage people in issues affecting separated children and young people, and also shook collection cansto the tune of £600.

Jamie Cohen and Max Diamond of J-doc produced a creative and evocative 11-minute film of the Festival, which appears in two parts at
MUJU Arts day (Part 1) and MUJU Arts day (Part 2)

Muju has also posted on its website the MUJU podcast of the 5-minute interview given on the day by Angela Gluck, Foundation Trustee.

The Separated Child Foundation goes to Finland!
23 February 2008

Bini (Belinda) Hirsh and Andy Chillman were two of a three-member British team taking part in an ice-skating marathon in Finland, and friends and supporters sponsored them in aid of The Separated Child Foundation. The marathon involved whizzing round a frozen lake with the aim of clocking up 200 km!

"The lowest temperature was minus 19 degrees, not including the wind chill factor," reports Bini, "and it was VERY windy. We can't skate more than nine hours because after that there really isn't enough daylight and it's too dangerous and cold."

Out of a total of 78 entrants (including two women), Andy came 30th and Bini 49th. Bini skated 137.5 km in nearly nine hours, 25 km more than her previous attempt in a similar amount of time in which she won the women's event.

"Andy was the big superstar of the day though," remarks Bini. "He was the FIRST British man to ever complete the Finland Ice Marathon 200 km event. This is a massive achievement because previous Brits who have attempted it have declared it impossible for someone who hasn't been skating all their lives, and he only started learning to skate about a year ago! Everyone was impressed: they flew a Union Jack over the frozen lake and made a special announcement at the awards ceremony."

To make sponsorship more fun, Bini and Andy organised a competition to guess the sum of the distances the three would skate on the day, with a prize of Finnish goodies on their return. And the winner is... Andy's Dad!