CANARY WHARF TO THE RESCUE
Canary Wharf Group, the financial capital of the UK has been doing great things since the COVID outbreak. With a home in the heart of the East End, surrounded by so much poverty, it can be easy to look upon Canary Wharf and other surrounding tower blocks with a frown. Multi-billion pound companies all operate from Canary Wharf which is just a stone throw away from the Isle of Dogs. The Isle of Dogs is home to Hak Baker a local musician. Hak Baker grew up in the original Grime era when Wiley and Dizzee was all the roads was talking about. Hak, like most, would have been facing his own challenges knowing that just a few stops away on the DLR millions of pounds would have been traded on the Stockmarket.
Most of us rightfully question whether the corporates know the hardships and daily struggles of living in East London verses working in a shiny skyscraper. However, we have been surprised at the level support from certain corporations.
Canary Wharf have donated £50,000 to the East End Community Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund for local people in Tower Hamlets and gone even further to support local organisations with Crisis Fund that we have been able to benefit from.
Shobi Khan, CEO, Canary Wharf Group said: “We recognise the impact that Covid-19 is having on our local communities and we are committed to supporting them through this challenging time. We have worked for many years to support our local communities and this support is needed more than ever.”
We have been able to get the appropriate and life saving PPE equipment to protect our Sirlute community during this pandemic. Now with this fund we have been able to purchase:
Face mask + screens
Contactless wall hand sanitisers
We want to SIRLUTE Melanie Goldstein who provided us with a grant to purchase the PPE equipment to protect all young people who join us in the workshops and programmes.