Schools Go Blue For Ebola

Posted on 14th November 2014

Students from Bedales School, Hampshire, are inviting other schools in the UK to join them in going Blue for Ebola to raise money to combat the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives in West Africa. Bedales School and its students are backing the online initiative Go Blue for Ebola, which is encouraging pupils nationwide to dress in blue on Wednesday 26 November and to donate a minimum of £1 each to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). School pupils are also taking a lead in organising their own fundraising events, with a Go Blue for Ebola Facebook page devoted to sharing ideas.

Cameron Cross, who is a member of the Bedales School’s Global Awareness student group, explained:

“Ebola is a massive problem and we realised that with so many pupils being together at school every day we could work together to make a real difference. After exploring and talking about various ways to help we decided to Go Blue for Ebola as it is the ideal way for school pupils – and there are 8 million of us in the UK – to get involved. We simply cannot miss this opportunity to play an active role in helping the people who are in this dire - and for many fatal - situation.”

MSF was chosen as the recipient of the resulting funds as it was one of the first charities to offer support to victims of the current outbreak. Another sixth form student commented:

“It is so easy for outbreaks as serious as Ebola to occur and once it has died down in the media, a blind eye is turned. MSF has been doing amazing work with those suffering and dying from Ebola and we are keen to make the most of the opportunity to fundraise for them. We really hope other schools will want to join in too”.

MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, and to victims of disasters and armed conflict – irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed or political convictions; and independent of all political, economic and religious powers. 3,340 MSF staff are currently working in Africa, with over 1,000 tonnes of cargo also sent. The current outbreak of Ebola is the largest ever, affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Although aid is now in place, MSF says that there is little indication that current efforts are sufficient, with critical gaps in all areas of response.

Donations can be made to MSF through the Go Blue for Ebola Justgiving page (www.justgiving.com/Schools-Act-Worldwide/), or can be texted to 70070: text code is GBFE99 followed by the amount donated (e.g. GBFE99 £2). The Go Blue For Ebola Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/goblueforebola.