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The Kolkata Covid Challenge - Saturday, July 25 - be part of it!

By CRF editor, Jun 17 2020 07:27AM

On Saturday, July 25, supporters all over the world are taking part in Calcutta Rescue’s first-ever global fundraising event - The Kolkata Covid Challenge. The money raised will buy food parcels, medicine, PPE and fund all the measures we need to operate safely and effectively for our staff, patients and schoolchildren..

25th July is Dr Jack’s 90th birthday and the event is a celebration of everything that he achieved in 40 years working with the poor in Kolkata, as well as raising much needed money to help thousands of families survive the Covid crisis.

Donations doubled by match funding

The great news is that everything you raise or donate can be DOUBLED by Barclays Bank. It has generously offered to match-fund all the money raised on theJustGiving page set up by Nirmalya Chakraborty, a trustee of Calcutta Rescue Fund who came up with the idea for the challenge and who will set off at midday from the Meridian Line in Greenwich.

To ensure the donation is doubled, please leave your name when making it.

Become a walker

We can’t all get together to do something because of Covid, so the challenge simply involves walking 10 kilometres on that day wherever you happen to live.

If you ask sponsors to donate to Nirmalyas's Justgiving page (including their name) then Barclays Bank will double the the donations:

If you prefer to use your own fundraising page, that's fine too (but donations won't be doubled).

Please do check and fully comply with whatever Covid protection rules apply where you are planning to walk.Let us know you are going to join the challenge, and where, by emailing Sean at [email protected] Once you have registered we will give you more information and some great tips on how to get friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you.

* In India, because the number of Covid cases continues to rise, we are asking supporters not to walk. But the team in India will be doing a Facebook Live broadcast on the day from 11am British Summer Time (= 12pm Central European Summer Time, 3.30 pm India Standard Time)

Details on what is happening in India are at

Make a donation.

If you can’t join the walk then please do support us by making a donation to Nirmalya's JustGiving page:

To ensure your donation is doubled please leave your name on the Justgiving page when making it.

Don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK taxpayer as this will give us an extra 25%.

You can also donate to the challenge by sending us a cheque if you make clear you want the money to go to this fundraiser - and it will also be DOUBLED.

Send your cheque to the usual address Calcutta Rescue Fund, 7c Fairacres, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 8AN.


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