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Looking on and doing nothing I know is not part of The Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme

During our launch night last year we had several speakers. One of whom was Gill Mitchell, MBE. Gills speech was so moving for us we wanted to share it with you.

Good evening, my name is Gill Mitchell and I am a volunteer for Simpsons Special Care babies, the charity that supports the Neonatal Unit located in the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh Scotland. The Neonatal Unit cares for babies who are ill at birth or born early the charity aims to purchase state of the art equipment to enhance those provided through the NHS. I was honoured with an MBE for the work in 2009. I am delighted to be a guest tonight at the launch of the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme and project 'JOYSAT' (the joining of youths in Scotland/South Tyneside and Tanzania)".

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." (A quote from a 1950's attributed to Albert Einstein as part of a tribute to musician Pablo Casals).

Looking on and doing nothing I know is not part of Christina Wren's (the founder of Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme) make-up, nor indeed in yours as you are here today. She with the support of her husband and sons is proof of though turned to action. Her personal qualities including her drive, tenacity, determination and doggedness have I believe been key in establishing the 'The Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid community Programme, just as they took here from volunteering in support of disadvantaged youngsters locally in Scotland and in the North East of England to an honours degree in psychology/sociology at Queen Margaret University to enable further action. Did she expect to be instrumental in launching this programme, possibly not, but she knew she wanted to take action against social inequalities and help alleviate poverty through the power of education and for that reason she needed to learn and keep learning.

The Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid community programme does many things including linking young people from Tanzania and Scotland in support of their communities, themselves and each other. Learning important skills, applying them, and teaching others are important to the lives of so many and create opportunities for young people to learning vital life saving skills such as first aid is the bedrock of the project. Imagination and hard work has led to the recent formation of the Football academy – an exciting new prospect.

The modest beginnings of the programme belay its importance to the individuals involved and for the many who will benefit from the knowledge and skills gained or transferred between young people and university students in Tanzania and the UK. 2009, 2010 were significant years for the programme but 2011 will be a milestone starting with their application for official charity status to add to the building block of this International Humanitarian Organisation. The groundwork done, the proofs and benefits gained visible through the successes of its existing Overseas Volunteering project and the stellar work by both its African and Scottish volunteers, the programme is launching today its constitution proposal linking our countries and people together.

I know in the future there will be more wonderful stories and evidence of lives changed woven into the fabric of the communities where there is a 'Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme' or 'Joysat Project'.

Congratulations to everyone involved for your vision, your hard work and the accomplishments which bring us here today. You are incredible! You have not just taking your first steps toward your future but have proven the sustainability of your project. You do not know it yet, but in giving you will gain, each person giving and gaining differently so I'll end tonight with the quote I began with:
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who are evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"

To everyone involved in this amazing organisation – be inspired by others, be the inspiration for others and help others to live the best life they can. (Gill Mitchell MBE).

Gill Mitchell MBE
UK Co-Ordinator - Christina Wren - tel: (UK +44) 01506882165 - e-mail:

Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme is an international humanitarian organisation (non Profit making) community interest Company SC Reg No: 418956 a company limited by guarantee. Working jointly with a number of other charities and organisations such as; Mount Kilimanjaro School a non profit making organisation in Tanzania Registration no: 22993 and Newlands orphanage. Helping to support Broom House Young Carers a Reg Charity No: SC003706 a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No: 320027 which is a charity held very close to our hearts we will be supporting this year. This e-mail and any of its attachments is considered to be confidential. It is intended solely for the addresses or named people mentioned either on the e-mail address or within the contents of the e-mail. If you are not an intended recipient, any use, copy or diffusion, even partial of this message is prohibited. Please delete it and notify Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme immediately: