Saturday, 12 September 2015

Glasgow Sees Syria and Calais

Today, I attended a series of inspiring events in aid of the Refugee Crisis. Within the Woodlands area, there was a fundraiser for the Human Relief Foundation at the Fred Paton Centre from 12-4pm. There were various stalls and traditional Middle Eastern dishes available. 

Poster for the Human Relief Foundation.

Between 2.30pm to 4pm, I went along to George Square for a vigil for refugees. There were thousands of people gathered to show their support for refugees. An appeal was made to the UK Government for more refugees fleeing persecution and violence in the Middle East to be able to come to Glasgow.

Greens support the vigil in George Square.

At the end of the afternoon, I made a donation of some trainers to a collection for refugees at Calais. This was organised by Scotland Action for Refugees, with help from the University of Strathclyde. By the time that I arrived, the room at the St. Paul's Building was full of bags with tents, coats and shoes to be distributed to people at the refugee camp in Calais.

My old trainers donated for a refugee at Calais.

Then, I made my way to a concert held at St. Mary's Cathedral on Great Western Road to help raise funds for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station and Amnesty International.

The concert provided a thought provoking musical response to the Refugee Crisis.The performers gave their time and talent to raise funds for services to help prevent further catastrophes involving refugees at sea.

Useful link:

Scotland to Refugees in Greece - Emergencies and Disaster Appeal -

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