Fundraising for MOAS

The following is an appeal from David, who is fundraising for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).

We’ve all seen the harrowing images. Any donation, no matter how small, is very gratefully received.

Thank you.

“I am currently touring Europe – a beautiful continent, populated by incredibly kind and friendly people. For me and, probably, for you too, travelling to this part of the world is as easy as booking a flight or jumping on a bus.

But, as we have all been reading in the news, it’s not that way for everyone. So far this year over 2,300 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to find a better life in Europe. Confronted with all of these horrifying images – such as that of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was found washed up on a Turkish beach – it’s easy to feel depressed and powerless. But there is something we can do to help.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has rescued over 11,000 refugees from the Mediterranean in the last year alone. Operating from Malta, they use advanced drone technology to spot boats in distress and dispatch their ship, the Phoenix, to provide life-saving assistance.

Today I would like to give you a challenge. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station costs approximately Β£5,300 per day to run. If you can raise enough to keep it running for one day I will match your donations by funding another day myself. If we raise more than the target that’s no bad thing either!

Please give what you can here. Together we can save lives.”

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

35 thoughts on “Fundraising for MOAS”

  1. I’ve said this before – aside from the decades of music that has been shared with millions of us, we will never really know the breadth of David Gilmour’s reach or the depth of his steps – he really gives a damn!

  2. Thanks for this. I’m so proud to be part of this blog and its cause.

    It’s so hard to sit by and do nothing! Well, it’s actually easier for people to do nothing, so I’m happy to help.

  3. An A to Z, to prompt donation participation.


    Let’s do this, Irregulars. For Those In Peril On The Sea.

    On a separate note, just seen an advert on ITV1 for RTL.

  4. Will sort this out after we get home on Saturday.

    Here on holiday in Lesbos, Greece we see new refugees arriving every day and volunteers doing what they can to get these people to the main city of Mytilini. From there they move onward to the mainland by ferry to Athens.

  5. I’m really glad I turned off the notification thing that advises you someone else made a donation!

    ash πŸ˜€

    1. That was a f*cker. πŸ˜€

      I actually thought I was popular for few brief seconds this morning before I checked my mail properly.

  6. Good stuff.

    I was going to suggest putting collection boxes at the concerts – but that’ll be too costly logistically I suppose. I got some currency left over from my recent holiday, it’s just sitting in a drawer at home I can dig that out and add to the pile.

  7. Maximum respect, David, and support indeed. Even if I can’t do much I’m looking forward to be a drop in this ocean.

    I was just thinking to causes, actually. I’ve made some consideration and I’d like to share it with you all.

    1) We are all guilty. Capitalism and modern world bring war.

    2) These people are war refugees or migrants, they actually need help but where’s the USA, this time? Ah, OK, no interests there.

    3) Who are the bastards who take all their money to bring them away in the sea?

    4) Why media tend to amplificate and share the pic of a dead body of a poor child?

    5) I live in Calabria, here’s really near to the drama. You see every day migrants everywhere, waiting for a passport, they have nothing and they need all. Have little children with them. We do what we can, I’m happy when I can share some bread but where’s the State? Where’s Vatican? And where are they going, if they are migrants?

    6) They go, for a while, to some center that provides to send them where they want to go, or where they have parents or friends. During this time the center have 35/40 euros a day for each one of them. So, it’s a good business, why stop it?

    Sorry If I was long. One friend of mine works on a great commercial boat and he reports sometimes he has to rescue (often) dead bodies through his way to the next port. Reality is much more harder than TV can see.

    We need more people like David, and less politicians.

    I’m going to share this message and try to touch more people, I’ll do it for my children and I hope someone can stop this human market.

    For a moment, I felt like the little Aylan’s father, and I can’t imagine what is life now for that man.

    Sorry again, I was longer one more time.


    1. It’s utterly heartbreaking to see and let’s not kid ourselves: this is a mere rehearsal for when many, many millions more become climate refugees because their lands are scorched or flooded. The hell we’re witnessing now will seem minor in comparison, so all wealthy countries – yes, including the USA (I noticed Donald Trump on the news last night, calling for a wall to keep Mexicans out) – need to stop pissing about and put this right.

      1. Hello Fed and Emilio,

        Like everyone else I’ve been seeing this terrible refugee crisis develop and my heart goes out to all those people.

        I’ve picked out a few sample articles that seem to demonstrate which countries contribute what and also how many refugees they have taken in or how many they say they will take.

        This article was published in the Mail. My daughter says I shouldn’t trust anything the mail says, πŸ™‚ but I’m quoting it because it may demonstrate a point. If you scroll through, you will see a table which shows which countries have contributed money to support refugees (which isn’t to say everything else in the article is unworthy of comment).

        This article has a pale blue and deep pink coloured map, scroll down about half way, showing which countries are sheltering refugees and which European countries have received asylum applications.

        There are approximately 4 million refugees sheltering in countries neighbouring Syria. We can only guess how many more poor souls are on the road or the seas.

        If you scroll down about a third of this page you come to an orange and white map of the middle east. This shows which countries in the area are helping Syrian refugees. Look at the size of Lebanon which is supporting over 1 million refugees compared to its neighbours. (It apears that the Washington Post got its information and figures from Amnesty International.)

        I may be wrong and picking out only the bits of information which support my own personal opinion for what should happen to the refugees . . . I’d like to see them be able to return to their own country when it is safe.

        What completely perplexes me, what I can not understand is, for one, why the rich Arab countries are not offering temporary residence. For another, why is the rest of the world just standing by and watching these poor people being driven away from their homes? I genuinely can’t comprehend why armed forces from the rest of the world can’t be sent in to stop the war. I know I’m probably being naive and over simplistic, because if it was a good idea someone would have done it by now, but I haven’t heard an explanation yet.

        Surely once the war in Syria eventually ends, there will be no country left for the victors, “country” in the sense of neither citizens to work nor infrastructure to support workers. No people in a deserted bombed out country. Where will the warriors move to next?

        It is desperately sad to contemplate that, as a species, humans have the capacity and the ability to feed the world. . .surely having food and a place to live is wealth? We squander our wealth on making war to prevent some one having more wealth than us!


      2. Oh, and I forgot the best. Many states sell weapons to that people to make war. Italy’s one of the first.

        No words.

    2. First, I’m glad David is calling attention to this issue. I am happy to contribute in a small way (wish I could do more than this moment permits).

      Thanks for your honesty, Emilio. I appreciate the proximity that you are experiencing this tragedy. Indeed, where is my country in this? We certainly had a hand in creating the anarchy in that region. And, as FEd points out, we have far too many hate-mongers like Donald Trump crowding our politics. There are many more like him in the halls of our Congress who impede against the will and better angels of President Obama. As much power as he holds, he cannot dictate against the will Congress. Ultimately, this reflects badly on too many of my fellow citizens.

      My hopes and aspirations lie with people like you in this world. Bless you, mate.

  8. That’s awesome David is trying to alleviate this terrible situation, he is a class act. I hope my nominal donation helps make his goal. It’s great to know that one of my favorite musicians holds some of the same values as me.

  9. No matter how small the donation, it still helps a great deal. I feel so bad for that young Boy’s family.

  10. I was in the hotel room in Verona just getting ready for the Gig. On BBC World News they show a baby covered in blood being tended to by hospital staff. It was her eyes looking up, no noise, no crying, just staring with these big beautiful brown eyes. That’s when I thought: get everyone out of Syria and just leave Isis, or whatever they’re called, and the Syrian army to fight it out and, when they have killed each other, everyone can go home and rebuild. I know it’s fantasy, but if this world cared more or they saw more footage like that baby. Something needs to change, this planet is getting more and more messed up.

    I’ll gladly adopt or foster a child from this region and if I can, then so could others.

    1. Damien, I heard something on the news today about other people offering to foster or adopt. It would seem that it couldn’t happen immediately, prospective ‘parents’ have to go through all the assessments and vetting and everything as is normal for people wishing to adopt or foster.

      If you’re serious and want to do it, contact social services now to start the process so you’re ahead in the queue.

      ash πŸ™‚

        1. You’re right Fed, it does take too long, for the sake of the children. The system does involve extensive background checks on the family and there are far too few staff to do the work. “Austerity” cuts means there are even less social workers with an ever increasing workload. Not just the Adoption and Fostering teams, all the teams are competing for dwindling budgets. Bad publicity for high profile child protection cases doesn’t help.

          Anyway, we want children to be safe and happy so we have to work with what we’ve got.

          I have a lovely story to tell though about a friend of mine who was “taken into care”. She and I became friends when we were at school, I knew she lived with foster parents but didn’t really know why or what that was really like. She enjoyed school and we hung out outside school too.

          We lost contact once we got to our early 20s then out of the blue, I ran into her again. We resumed our friendship during which time I found out more about what had happened that placed her in care. She’d been removed from her mother who abused and failed to care properly for her, she also allowed the men in her life to abuse her and her siblings. They were left hungry, dirty, battered. Thank god, there seems to have been no sexual abuse.

          Anyway she told me that during the court case the judge had asked her if she’d like to live at the children’s home all the time and she said “Yes”!!! You have to wonder at what would make a child so willing to leave her family. She went on to tell me that at the children’s home she had her own bed, her own toothbrush, a toilet bag with her own soap. I could weep thinking that a vulnerable little girl found real delight and happiness with the simple little things that are basic care.

          So, the moral is, social services do thoroughly good jobs, but it takes time because it’s vital they they get it right. Look at the few cases where they made a mistake, children die and it’s very high profile.

          I wish I was young enough to sign up.


  11. It is horrific what these people have endured and what they will endure. Hoping all countries step up and make their journey to a new life as painless as possible. Although in life nothing is painless. But if one knows that others care it makes it bearable.

    I will donate happily to this cause that David endorses through this agency. So often money donated goes to the administration and not the ones needing the help. So I am glad it is a approved by David, therefore the real deal.

    I wanted to help in some way but was not sure how. So thank you for opening this door. I do not have much. But if every one gives a little it adds up.

    Take care, Suzy.

  12. It does seem adopting or fostering a child from a war zone is a bit of a no-no and as Syria is a Shariah Law country, it would not recognise or provide for adoptions of Muslim children, and Save the Children see it as misguided attention, as well as other agencies say the best way forward is to donate. So that’s me told, but understand totally just sometimes the heart strings get pulled a little too hard.


  13. Whichever way we look at catastrophic situations like the ones unfolding before our eyes, I feel it’s an indictment of the unholy world we live in; therefore……..

    “Please accept my donation, in support of a disturbing and unnecessary humanitarian disaster.”


  14. Yesterday, 19 September, some anonymous fans alias “Felix Gill (and Rachel)” donated 5,300 GBP, bringing the total amount raised for the project to 11,009.65 GBP.

    Today anonymous Felix Gill added another 5,350.00 GBP commenting “as promised the second batch”, bringing the total amount raised for the project to 16,653.65 GBP.

    Thank you Felix and Rachel.

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