Joining together in Syrian refugee effort

Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border 50 miles from Aleppo, Syria.
Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border 50 miles from Aleppo, Syria.

The Western Isles are raising money for refugees from the Syrian crisis, whilst the council argues the government must offer more support.

Stornoway resident, Kirstie Anderson, will host a ‘Zumbathon’ to raise money for the Red Cross’s effort to help with the emergency in Syria.

Kirstie said: “I’m expecting it to be really busy - fingers crossed - so folks should get there sharp.

“Please bring some extra money for raffle tickets too, as we have some great prizes. Raffle tickets will also be available at all Hebrides Dance & Well-being studio classes all next week, and at the event itself.”

MP, Angus MacNeil, has also stepped forward to commend the leader of the Comhairle for writing to the First Minister about the UK’s role in the Syria refugee crisis. Angus Campbell’s letter confirms with Nicola Sturgeon that the council supports the Scottish Government in asking Westminster to increase its role in helping victims of the catastrophic displacement of people across Syria.

Mr Campbell says many more refugees should be given asylum in the UK and that Scotland must play its full part. The council also supports COSLA’s position that local government also has a big role in helping refugees.

Mr Campbell, said: “We have written to the Scottish Government and COSLA to indicate our support.

“It is imperative that we work together at local and national government levels to help alleviate the crisis before us.”

The UN estimates over half of Syria’s 23 million population needs urgent assistance. Many are in camps in Iraq and Turkey, others have tried the dangerous sea journeyto Europe, leading to the current migrant crisis.

A solution is a bone of contention across the EU, but most members agree that immediate action is necessary.

Kirstie Anderson’s Zumba is at 11am, September 12, Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. For raffle donations and further questions, contact Kirstie on 07715 499552.