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Bez Backs Bulamu

‘Bez’ from the Happy Mondays has donated a signed pair of his iconic maracas to raise much needed funds for our emergency appeal for Bulamu Girls Transition Centre. The unique maracas, which have been signed by Bez and framed, are being auctioned on eBay.

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Bez heard about Retrak’s urgent appeal to raise funds for its Bulamu Girls Transition Centre in Kampala, Uganda and wanted to do something to help. “The work the charity does is fantastic and has a real impact on the lives of children in these countries. I am hoping the sale of the maracas raises enough money to ‘smash’ the £16,500 target to keep the centre open.”

The Bulamu Centre for Girls in Kampala, Uganda is a refuge centre for girls living on the streets funded by Retrak. In 2015 the Bulamu Centre helped to refer 61 girls for specialist medical care and reintegrated 105 girls to safe and secure family settings away from the dangers of Kampala’s streets. For girls unwilling or unable to stay with the police they have no option but to remain on Kampala’s streets, risking being forced into modern slavery or smuggled into prostitution where sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS is widespread.

From this month, the current funding ends and the Bulamu Centre’s services are under threat. Retrak is therefore looking to raise £16,500 in eight weeks in order to continue to provide support to these vulnerable children. Many of the girls who stay at Bulamu are referred to us by the police and without the centre their best alternative would be to stay in cells at the police compound, however these remain inappropriate locations for young children.

Sir Peter thanked Bez for the kind donation and hopes the auction will provide the last push the fundraising campaign needs to keep the centre open. “We are extremely grateful to Bez for the donation and are confident there will be lots of Happy Mondays’ fans bidding to get their hands on the framed maracas. With the funds we raise from this auction, we will hopefully be able to maintain the running of the Bulamu Centre and help many more vulnerable young women in Uganda.”