For the third year running, Heather and Tony organised special Yoga classes as part of World Yoga Day to raise money for ‘Medecins sans Frontieres’ on Sunday 31st January at River Bourne Health Club, Chertsey. 52 Yogis and Yoginis took part and a further 10 made donations raising a total of £700 with money still coming in.
Tony provided an introduction to World Yoga Day and ‘Medecins sans Frontieres’ and then two classes were provided by Heather with fellow Yoga teachers and friends Garry Freer, Jean-Claude Rawady and Becky Lennox. There is an album of photos on Facebook.
World Yoga Day is a 2 hour Yoga practice from 11am to 1 pm in every time zone around the world thus leading to 24 hours of continuous Yoga to support human rights. We joined 359 other Yoga schools from 42 countries. It started in New Zealand, then crossed Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, mainland Asia including Russia & Iran and then Africa and into mainland Europe. As the United Kingdom, Portugal and Ireland joined there were 278 schools all practicing Yoga at the same time. As we finished we handed over to Brazil and Uruguay. Then classes spread across South America, Canada and the USA. The final classes were held on the west coast of California. The only continent not represented was Antarctica, has anybody thought of offering Yoga for penguins ?
Médecins Sans Frontières is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries around the world.
It just could not be more poignant at this time because of the recent disaster in Haiti. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world having suffered political, economic and natural disasters over many years. MSF were already working there with three medical centres in the capital Port au Prince. These were damaged and staff injured during the earthquake. MSF ramped up their support to treat the injured in temporary medical centres, flying in further staff, equipment and supplies. They are now undertaking post-operative care for the injured, see below for details.
Heather and Tony would like to thank all those that participated or made donations, the other teachers and also Steve Watts, Graham Dollery and the managers and staff of River Bourne Health Club who worked so hard to create a welcoming environment and helped make it our best World Yoga Day so far. Yet again they provided their facilities for free, so that all money raised would go to the charity.
If you would like to make a donation to support the work of Medecin Sans Frontieres then please transfer the money direct (it looks a bit daunting, but if you ring your bank it's actually quite straight forward):
Donation Account: 97 0 97
BLZ 370 205 00
Reference: World Yoga Day - Heather George
Bank: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
IBAN: DE72 3702 0500 0009 7097 00
Within the EU a European transfer is for free. All you need is the IBAN and the SWIFT-BIC Code.
Please Email Heather to let her know you have made a donation.