Friday 01 February 2008


Hope and Aid Direct was formed in 1999 to provide relief to victims of war and ethnic violence in the Balkans. It's motto is “We take aid, not sides”, stressing that it will help victims from any cultural or religious background, as long as they are genuinely in need of assistance. At least two convoys are organised annually, and the preparation involves the sourcing and collection of the aid, hiring of appropriate vehicles, and transporting the aid to the destination country.

The Charity is composed entirely of volunteers and it guarantees that every penny raised goes towards the purchase and delivery of the aid.  For the last four years it has focussed its attention on Kosovo, working closely with Mother Teresa’s Society, whose role is to identify the refugees, displaced persons, hospitals, and schools etc. where assistance is most needed. Officers compile “wish lists” in conjunction with MTS, which aim to provide specific aid to a project - perhaps a school, or giving a small community some chickens to become self-sufficient in egg production. The remainder of the aid could comprise food, shoes, household items, bedding, drapery, medical items and new clothes.

Bridgend Male Choir has very kindly agreed to repeat last years successful fund raising concert in Cowbridge, this time with the additional attraction of the Cowbridge Choral Society. The Concert will take place on Friday, 1st February 2008 at Cowbridge Leisure Centre and it promises to be an evening of outstanding entertainment. Tickets are available from the Leisure Centre; from Alan Beckwith on 01446 775836; from Oli Bown on 01656 667747 and by contacting members of the Choirs. Please help us to continue this work and to “Make a Difference” in the lives of people who have suffered terrible loss through no fault of their own.