As the Syrian Refugee Crisis gains more and more exposure in the news and all across the world, there has been an outpouring of grief and sympathy after a picture emerged of a young Syrian boy whose lifeless body was washed up on a Turkish beach.
Since this picture emerged, people across the globe, including Northern Ireland, have been asking how they can help.
The Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Group has been set up in response to this and have organised local collections of camping equipment, blankets, bedding and more, appealing to people to give whatever they can.
The spokesperson for the group, Elain McCully said:
“The people of Northern Ireland are known for their compassion and generosity to those in need and many people are keen to help with the refugee crisis but there hasn’t really been a co-ordinated opportunity to do this so far.”
“The scale of the problem can seem so overwhelming and even many of the major charities are struggling to meet people at their point of need. The Irish Calais Refugee Solidarity group was set up with the aim of collecting clothes and supplies for a convoy of vehicles set to travel from Cork on 29th September.”
“The Northern Ireland group was set up only a matter of days ago and already around 2,000 people have pledged their support in one way or another with a number of regional groups being established.”
Miss McCully went on to say: “We are looking for volunteers from across the Province to help co-ordinate efforts in their area, to sort and pack clothes and supplies and to deliver them to the main Irish collection point in Cork before they are taken on to Calais on 29th September.”
“Those who cannot give their time but would like to assist financially towards transport and storage costs as well as additional aid on the ground can do so on the Ireland Calais Refugee Society page at Gofundme.com”