Last night we held the Annual General Meeting of the Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty Group. Despite the rain, and the fact there was an important England international match on the telly we attracted 18 people (including 3 new members). We had chance to reflect on our successes and achievements of our hard work over the past year.
Our achievements included raising over £12,000 through our two book sale events which gave us the Amnesty UK award for Top Fundraising event. At our book sales we did actions on the Death Penalty and protecting Afghan Women from violence which gathered support from the hundreds of people at the events. Through our letter writing events over 1,500 letters were sent to governments who have committed human rights violations. And the group moved into the digital age with a video produced in support of Gao Zhisheng with the group going Gangnam Style! The group also held a film showing at the Greenwich Picturehouse of ‘No’ and of ‘Syria Through a Lens’ at our regular monthly meeting.
Overall the group has had a successful year thanks to the enthusiasm, inspiration and hard work of all our members. And we appreciate the support we receive from St Margarets in Lee and Greenwich Picturehouse for allowing us to use their venues for our meetings. And thanks to the Church of the Ascension for use of their venue and going the extra mile in working with us to put on our regular book sale events.