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Monday, August 26, 2013

– Happy Salvage Day! –

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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.

 

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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.

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The international organisation Everything Is Possible has already salvaged enough good quality camping equipment at Beacons Festival (Skipton) to cover half of Millenium Square.

Every year thousands of pieces of camping equipment are left behind by festival goers and are collected by the organisation at Leeds Festival. Last weekend, for the first time, they also helped Beacons Festival to keep the festival green. The organisation is joined by 35 young people from Estonia, France, Italy and Poland – all passionate about recycling. They are all ready for a second big salvage after this weekend’s Leeds Festival – where they hope to add to their collection.

 

Clair Brown, co-founder of Everything Is Possible says:

“This first salvage at Beacons Festival has been a big success. At the end there were only 10 broken tents left. And all camping gear benefits organisations that really need it for their activities’’  

 

But be reassured: the organisation has no intention to transform the Millenium Square into a big campsite. In fact all tents, sleeping bags, mats and chairs have already been donated to organisations from all around Yorkshire and even Lancashire (Skipton, Bradford, Halifax, Keighley, Harrogate, Leeds, Ilkley, Manchester, York, Southport, Huddersfield and many other cities). Some are working with Scouts, some with the homeless, some with refugees and others with children (including lots of Scout organisations).

 

Ash Alom, from YnspYre 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.’’  

 

Everything Is Possible is hoping now to salvage enough camping gear to cover the entire Millenium Square or even the Leeds football stadium Elland Road.

 

This project is supported by the British Council, the European Commission, Beacons Festival and Festival Republic.

 

Pictures on : http://thegreenmessagetofestivals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/pics-of-salvage-at-beacons-festival.html

 

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