We all have that one spare jacket or hat that hardly ever gets an outing on the hill – so instead of burying it in the back of your wardrobe, why not donate it to displaced people struggling to keep warm this winter?
The Riders for Refugees clothing donation and fundraising party, organised by Edge magazine at Scotty’s Bar, La Plagne, on Tuesday 10th January is an excellent way to get rid of unwanted gear, help out a great cause and have a fun night out, all at the same time!
Humanitarian charity Riders for Refugees was started by two keen snowboarders and activists, Danny Burrows and Alexis de Tarade. They’re asking everyone in the industry, and lucky enough to live in the mountains, to donate as many ski and snowboard jackets, warm beanies, socks, thermals and midlayers as possible. They plan to fill up a van with these donations and drive down to Greece to redistribute the winter clothing amongst those living in the refugee camps there.
It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about helping fellow humans in need,” explains Danny.
Edge magazine recently became aware of this cause and got in touch with the organisers to find out more about it and to see what we could do to help out. They explained that this is the second ‘Jacket Drop’ of its kind after the organisation was formed in the Calais Jungle Camp last winter. Danny was volunteering and making a documentary film about the people living in the camp and saw first-hand the conditions in which they were living. They struggled to survive in overcrowded tent accommodation with limited access to power, water and heat. When he saw how much harder everything became when the winter arrived and the temperatures dropped he realised that his contacts in the wintersports world could be just the thing to get these people the specialist clothing they need to survive the winter. They achieved much success with the Calais Jacket Drop and now seek to do the same thing this winter for the refugee camps in Greece.
Both Danny and Alexis know, as do we all, that skiers, snowboarders and seasonnaires always seem to have way more gear than they can possibly need. The lure of a new jacket each season and new sallopettes to go with them, Christmas gifts of thermals and buffs, and must-have purchases of gloves – most of which sits unused as we wear the same favourite pair of socks and one riding hoodie over and over again.
Riders for refugees has reached out through various media platforms to riders all over Europe asking for donations of clothing for the drop and money to fund the van trip across Europe. Drop points were organised in the UK, Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Vienna, Annecy, Grenoble and Mayrhofen and the’ humanitarian odyssey’ is due to embark across Europe at the end of January. When Edge magazine got in touch and heard that, although the cause had collected a huge amount of donations including over $2500, they had fallen short of their goal of a full van and travel costs covered, we had to step in!
Edge contributor Jennifer Tsang has recently been out and about in La Plagne asking for help from local businesses to put on a spectacular fundraising and donation party that will hopefully help this worthy cause to reach their goal, and be an awesome fun night too!
Party at Scotty’s Bar
The party will be held on Tuesday in Scotty’s Bar, Plagne Centre. Scotty’s bar is not only donating it’s venue for the event but has also become the official Paradiski drop point for anyone wanting to donate clothing and Jackets at any time. The event will feature live music by veteran Alps band The Dominos who will be playing two gigs, one at 5pm and one at 10.30pm. A raffle will be held throughout the event and will feature loads of great prizes donated by local businesses including Oxygene Ski School, Planks clothing and Alpoholics Chalets. Also, of course, it being Tuesday the entire event will be fuelled by Scotty’s Tequila Tuesday drinks deals.
So if you’re around in the La Plagne area feel free to drop by Scotty’s with donations any time between now and Tuesday and if you’re around on the 10th come by to have a drink, dance to the Dominoes and purchase a raffle ticket or two to help out this excellent cause.
For more information about the cause follow @ridersforrefugees on facebook or check out their progress with donations here.