‘Convoys of Conscience’ – Report of Winter Lecture

‘Convoys of Conscience’ – Report from Wednesday’s Winter Lecture

Last Wednesday, to an audience of 52 members, Richard Balfry and Neil Millward, supported by their ‘Ukrainian Action’ charity colleagues, Adam Steward and past member Anthony Showell, presented an upbeat, but often moving account of their many missions driving trucks, ambulances and aid to Ukraine. In less than 12 months, the Stoke Gabriel based group have raised over £55,000, completed eight convoys and donated nine 4×4 trucks or vans.

Using slides and video clips, Richard illustrated both the highs and lows in successfully completing these missions to support the evacuation and relief teams on the front line. He also used the occasion to thank club members and others in our local community, who have supported Ukraine by offering their homes to displaced Ukrainians or delivered aid through other local charities. In particular, Richard and Neil wanted to thank all those members of RDYC who had so generously supported their efforts with sponsorship last year.

An excellent curry supper followed, during which Richard and Neil became almost speechless as more and more members approached them, offering their enthusiastic support to their ‘Ukrainian Action’ South Devon team. By the end of the evening, three additional vehicles had been pledged or donated, four new volunteer drivers recruited, two members had volunteered to join the fundraising logging operation in Stoke Gabriel woods, as well as offers to help source aid items and cash donations given after the talk. “It is the most astonishing, uplifting and motivating response”, said Richard after supper. “We are overjoyed by members’ kindness and support”.

If any members unable to attend last Wednesday’s talk would like to offer support to the South Devon Team of ‘Ukrainian Action’, please contact richard07974@yahoo.com or neilandpam72@gmail.com.

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