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In London, more than 200 Volunteer Ministers took part in the relief operation following the London July 7 terrorist bombings, providing assists and other forms of comfort to victims, police, medical and other emergency personnel. Volunteer Ministers worked side-by-side with the other relief workers, nonstop, day and night, for two solid weeks.
One local Londoner who insisted on traveling in the Scientology Volunteer Minister van was Mohammed Al Fayed, chairman of Harrods of London who delivered Harrods food hampers to the emergency workers at the bomb sites, had this to say:
“My experience of being with you in your van delivering food from Harrods, going to the different bomb sites and meeting with the emergency teams, showed me how Volunteer Ministers are highly dedicated to helping others. There are no obstacles you will not overcome.”
THE MONTHLY JOURNAL OF SCIENTOLOGY SAINT HILL UNITED KINGDOM
SECTION: Saint Hill News
LONDON CHURCH IS HEADQUARTERS FOR REAL RELIEF
It was a morning London will never forget, according to the newspapers and reporters. But instead of giving in to the group bank agreement, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers held a different view: that the memories don't need to be restimulative - and that something CAN be done about it.
As it was in New York and Madrid, the Volunteer Ministers were the stable terminals for the relief crews and rescue workers, bringing sanity in the aftermath of disaster. A team of VMs, who happened to be doing a neighbourhood clean-up project less than a block away, arrived at the first site within seconds of the attack and immediately began to help.
Though even the firefighters were forced to evacuate the area when it was designated a crime scene, the Volunteer Ministers took up the task of directing people to where they needed to go. And with buses and tubes down and many people in shock and confusion, delivering locationals to orient them to the environment was a common prerequisite to helping them on their way.
Within hours, more than 250 VMs were on the scene throughout the city. With the Church of Scientology of London as the central headquarters for their relief efforts, by mid-afternoon teams of VMs had been despatched (sic) to Kings Cross, Royal London Hospital, Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station, BMA Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital, Aldgate Station, Russel Square, Trafalgar Square and Edgware Road Station.
While access to victims of the attacks was restricted, OT VIII and Volunteer Minister Gabi Gadiot wasn't going to let that stop her from bringing help to those who needed it most. She worked her way through every layer of the heavy security, including full body searches and trained dogs, and received permission to work with eight of the families. After delivering assists and getting miracle results, one of the top authorities referred to Gabi as an "angel".
At the same time, rescue efforts continued through night and day at the underground sites, with many rescue workers going 20 hour shifts on only a couple of hours of sleep. Again, the Volunteer Ministers were there, convincing nearby vendors, markets and restaurants to donate food and drink to the police and firefighters. Using the VM Emergency Relief Van, they distributed the food to multiple sites throughout the city, even servicing roaming officers who were otherwise forgotten in the confusion.
The Volunteer Ministers were the experts, and it was visible. Even the media started coming to the VMs for updates on the rescue efforts; after all, the VMs were one of the only groups allowed into the cordoned-off zones.
As night faded into day, and day into night, the Volunteer Ministers remained on duty, giving assists and locationals, and bringing the kind of help only a Scientologist can provide. Which isn't to say that others weren't joining them; when a Medical Secretary from one of the hospitals received an assist from a VM, she laughed in relief and immediately wanted to know how she could do the same. She then joined the team, donned the yellow jacket, and spent the rest of the day with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.
And it's spreading out to every area of society. As the VMs continue to succour the people of London, they are reaching for more and more pieces of the tech. Some want to learn how to deliver assists, while others want the answers to education, while still others are starting on the mainline Bridge.
And all of it is founded on one firm belief - that something CAN be done about it.
Bringing Order to Chaos King's Cross, site of one of four London Transport System Bombings, July 2005
When three bombs exploded in the London Underground and a fourth blew the top off a double-decker bus during the morning rush hour, 250 Volunteer Ministers rushed to the scene. Organized into six Disaster Response Teams they got to work immediately: assisting the traumatized, directing survivors to safety, providing succor to the injured and to the exhausted rescue workers. They worked with officials behind the scenes to bring the crisis rapidly under control.
"I saw the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers conducting extensive community help to those courageous men and women who were dealing with this tragedy around the clock and I thank them for this. Your work demonstrates that 'Something can be done about it,' and you are doing a marvelous job."
Mohamed Al Fayed Harrods
"In a crisis such as we had at that time, it was a wonderful thing to suddenly see, almost as if it were spontaneous, people like the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, appearing as if out of nowhere. There they were to plug the gap and they did it very nobly, did it very well."
So those who turned up in rain yesterday for the opening of its imposing new premises in London had to make do with a pipe band and the solid figure of Chief Superintendent Kevin Hurley, local divisional commander of the City of London Police.
There cannot have been many such occasions when Chief Superintendent Hurley has been greeted with such enthusiastic whooping from an audience, his image simultaneously magnified on huge screens.
Under massive red banners hanging from the front of the building and proclaiming DIANETICS - the underlying creed of the church - and SCIENTOLOGY, the officer was wildly applauded when he praised the "positive" work of its members in their anti-drugs work and their assistance in the wake of last year's 7 July bombings.