COVID19: RoAF Response

Our usual activities in Horley and Billingshurst have been suspended. Current restrictions mean that we will not be able to resume person-to-person activities such as collections and packing whilst they are in force. This also means that we cannot resume warehouse activities in Billingshurst. Restarting later in February seems unlikely and resuming later will be dependent upon restrictions in force at that time.
Activities in south Wales are similarly subject to local restrictions.
However, our activities in Romania are able to continue using existing stocks and under some limitations - see the AN site for news from our team in Dorohoi.

Important - Our 24/7 deposit boxes cannot be emptied during this period - please do not use them until restrictions on movement have been relaxed.

We do not expect to send a lorry until after Easter 2021 at the earliest; this is dependent upon prevailing restrictions and new customs regulations. Procedures for both export from the UK and import into Romania are currently being determined and it may take longer to establish any new requirements for sending goods.
Initially, at least, the range of acceptable items is likely to be extremely limited.

Corona Virus: Changes to RoAF Activities

RoAF will continue to support our partners in Romania in their efforts to help those in need there. Asociatia Neemia’s activities are largely funded through the sales from its shop but this is dependent upon the supply of suitable items from RoAF. Without the lorries RoAF will need to make direct financial support available; we have the resources to do this but there will be an impact on our longer-term plans. We appreciate that many of our supporters will have their own financial constraints and we accept that some may have to reconsider their giving to RoAF. Please do not feel embarrassed about this.

Preparing for resumption of aid: The Romanian authorities have stated that the virus is not transmitted via clothing. Therefore it is acceptable for those who have access to suitable items to pack them at home but please limit this to clothing and bedding that is clean and in good condition as we will not be able to do our usual pre-dispatch sorting and labelling. Please avoid including anything else such as toys, household items or stationery as they cannot be adequately fumigated.
Donations of food items in tins or jars (with long expiry dates) can also be prepared but no items that are loose or in packets please.
We cannot accept donations of goods during lockdown periods. Advice on how and when these items can be delivered to us will be on our ‘Please Note‘ page.

Remember that RoAF is essentially a faith-based organisation that relies on prayer. Prayer is our connection with God’s ultimate power source and, without prayer support, our activities would achieve nothing of lasting value. We invite you to continue to pray about all aspects of the current situation, including your personal circumstances and those who are working to resolve the crisis and to mitigate its after-effects.

Published, 24 Mar 2020: Page updated, 02 Nov 2020