Each year we support charities through the Charity Auction, commission from the Bring & Buy stand and this year a £2 donation from a collection on the day for the Raffle and the proceeds from the Charity Auction. Last year we raised nearly £6000 for charity. If you would like to donate items to the charity auction please contact us - new games, collectibles, exclusives, signed copies - anything is very welcome.
This year our chosen charity
Watch the video below for an update from Vision Rescue founder Biju Thampy for our work together, we're excited for plans for 2020!
Mumbai is one of four major metropolitan cities within India and has a population of twenty four million people. There are currently 300,000 children living on the streets of Mumbai and even with all the provided help it is estimated that only 15,000 of these children receive any kind of attention and care.
Vision Rescue is a registered non-profit charity involved in feeding, providing non-formal education, medical help, skills training and other kinds of assistance to the addicted and abused street children.
The charity aims to provide food and to give non-formal education to the street children in Mumbai. They provide counseling for young addicted adults offering rehabilitation, skills training and assistance into employment for as many as we can. They aim to encourage and motivate them to live a life of fulfillment and dignity.
You can see a video about their work here.
Vision Rescue has four main goals:
1. Rescue the Kids
This project focuses upon providing education and food to street children who may or may not be part of a family unit. The aim of this project is also to bring about transformation in the lives of the children who are provided for within our day care centre run for children of commercial sex workers. This project also focuses on redirecting children's energy through sports education.
2. Rescue the Trafficked and the Addicted
This project primarily reaches abused, both men and women, who are trafficked and living a life of substance abuse. The outreach teams make frequent visits to offer counseling, love and hope.
3. Rescue the Sick
This project aims to provide free health services to the poor and needy where access to public health services is not possible due to high costs and poor standards. This project networks with other like-minded groups working within the health sector.
4. Rescue the Underprivileged
This project aims at reaching out the marginalized sections in the community and empower them economically by helping to form self help groups, providing skill training.
Vision Rescue Buses
One of the key tools is the buses - old school buses re-licensed to bring food and education to kids in the worst slums, those most at risk of ending up in crime, trafficking or worse.
Each Bus caters to 225 Children at 3 locations minimum from Mon to Friday.
Each Location we will have
Reaches out 12 locations with Four Buses
Modiphius Entertainment has committed to help Vision Rescue secure another second hand school bus at a cost of $20,000. 50% of charity proceeds from Dragonmeet will go toward funding this third bus that will help feed and educate 225 children. We also have a major IndieGoGo project launching for this soon.