The GOCC Humanitarian Aid Point in Michałowo - after 85 days - ends its mission. During that time it provided support to dozens of activists working in the border area.
Carrying such humanitarian aid is every person's duty, and the situation that we - Poles, have to deal with, gave us a clear choice: to either offer the help or not. Let our heart, conscience, love and respect for another human being guide us.
Jurek Owsiak, the Chairman of the GOCC Foundation
For the Peace Patrol volunteers to take action in the Humanitarian Aid Point in Michałowo was, frankly speaking, a completely new and unusual task. They just showed up there upon the call from Jurek Owsiak and they organised their shift work for two months. The result was, not only for us, surprisingly positive - everything they learnt in the GOCC Voluntary Service Centre combined with their experience gained during the Grand Finales and Pol'and'Rock Festivals let them effectively help the activists working in the border area.
Marcin Garczyński, Peace Patrol Coordinator, the GOCC Foundation
I hope that in the consciousness of those who got the chance to use the Humanitarian Aid Point in Michałowo, this place will be remembered as much more than just a warehouse with tangible supplies. Because those 3 months of common action can be translated into dozens of meetings with heroic activists, way over one hundred fully engaged Peace Patrol and Salam Lab volunteers, and, what is probably most important, the relations - both personal and professional that we built between numerous organisations. The GOCC and Salam Lab's cooperation shows that looking for what unites us and not what divides us is worth the effort. At the end of the day, we were all brought to the Polish-Belarussian border by one thing, i.e. a refusal to agree to the suffering of another human being.
Radzimir Burzyński, Salam Lab
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