Wicklow Syria Appeal are holding a public meeting aiming to engage with the wider community of Wicklow about what can be done to help Syrian refugees coming to Ireland.
The meeting will be held November 8th in the Grand Hotel, and Wicklow Syria Appeal have partnered with NASC, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, and migrant and refugee rights charity.
The two groups aim “to develop an exciting and unique community project that can make a positive difference to the lives of those affected by war in Syria through community action, education and fundraising,” stated Chairman Dermot Costello.
Wicklow Syria Appeal was set up to honour the 2003 Syrian Special Olympics teams twinning with Wicklow Town. Eight athletes and their four coaches were hosted that year, but due to the war in Syria contact has been lost and no information is known of their whereabouts.
“Throughout 2016 and 2017 Wicklow Syria Appeal ran education programmes in local schools, supported Transition Year projects and fundraised to support NGO organisations working in Syria,” Mr Costello said.
“Wicklow Syria Appeal is a dedicated group of volunteers across the Wicklow business, education and religious communities who want to make a positive difference to the lives of Syrian families. Please come along to our public meeting on 8th November, meet the group and our partners NASC and let’s share your thoughts on how the Wicklow Community can best respond to the Syrian crisis.”
“It is only with community involvement and feedback that Wicklow Syria Appeal can truly become a community project,” Mr Costello added.