posted on May 11, 2016 15:44
Wednesday., May 11, 2016
FOR IMMIEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: Community Connections, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Saskatoon’s refugee community, in particular the newly-arrived Syrian population, is coming together to show solidarity for the displaced citizens of Fort McMurray, and raise money to provide much needed support in the wake of massive forest fires which have destroyed the northern Alberta town forcing the evacuation of hundreds. This fundraising event is facilitated by the Saskatoon Open Door Society, a local settlement agency which was instrumental in the recent settlement of 400 Syrians in the city.
“We are one community. We are one body,” says Mohammad Alhelal, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Saskatoon Dec. 31, 2015. “Canadians helped us so we are willing to open doors for them.”
Event: Refugees For Fort McMurray
Location: Civic Square & block of 23rd St. between 3rd and 4th Ave.
Time: Mon., May 16, 5 pm to 7 pm
What: mini cricket match and demonstration, food, cultural information
Media Contact: Ali Abukar, Saskatoon Open Door Society Executive Director, 306-653-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saskatoon Open Door Society has been providing services to immigrants and refugees for more than 35 years. The Society assists newcomers to Canada to become participating members of an inclusive and diverse community and country. This event will give the Syrians and others who have been welcomed by the Saskatoon community, the opportunity to give something back to the community. www.sods.sk.ca