In 2 days, Everything Is Possible will try to salvage 518 tents, 470 sleeping bags and 390 roll mats for 40 local community organisations around Yorkshire and Lancashire. Festival goers are leaving Brahmam Park this morning after this year’s Leeds Festival, but Everything Is Possible and its 40 volunteers from Estonia, France, Italy, Spain and Poland will stay there to salvage good quality camping equipment. Every year thousands of pieces of camping equipment are left behind by festival goers and are collected by the organisation at Leeds Festival. This is becoming an event well known by local community organisations around Yorkshire, and they are now using the expression ‘’Happy Salvage Day’’.
Bob McDougall, coordinator of the project, says:
‘’ ‘Happy Salvage Day’ is like Christmas for Local communities. And instead of toys they’re getting camping equipment that they will be able to use for their activities”.
This year, Everything Is Possible changed their method of distribution and asked organisations interested in getting camping equipment to send their ‘wish list’ of material that volunteers will try to collect. Tonight and tomorrow, 40 organisations from Skipton, Bradford, Halifax, Keighley, Harrogate, Leeds, Ilkley, Manchester, York, Southport, Huddersfield and many other cities around Yorkshire and Lancashire will come to pick up their order. In total they ordered This action has already been a success after Beacons Festival.
Ash Alom, from InspYre Youth (Keighley) says:
‘’Our organisation will not have to struggle any more with funding to rent camping equipment. Having our own camping equipment, we will now be able to organise activities for young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, around our area.’’
With all this equipment Everything Is Possible could easily cover the entire Millenium Square in Leeds with tents, sleeping bags and roll mats.
This project is supported by the British Council, the European Commission, Beacons Festival and Festival Republic.
For more information or to arrange an interview with anyone at Everything is Possible, contact Raphael Harfaux, Visibility and Communications Co-Ordinator, on 0113 242 0888 or Raphael@everythingispossible.eu .
Feedback from organisations after Beacons Festival : http://thegreenmessagetofestivals.blogspot.co.uk/p/feedback-from-organisations.html
Notes to editors: 1. Everything is Possible specialise in offering international volunteering experiences to individuals aged between 18-30 years old.