On Thursday, 15 March, StFX for SAFE, the student society dedicated to supporting SAFE and refugee work, put on a fundraiser called, Songs for Syria. The event was a wonderful night of songs, dancing, and good company. With admission by donation and a 50/50 raffle, we raised over $500 which will go towards the sponsorship of new families in our communities. The event also showcased the various items up for auction as an additional fundraiser. The Auction continues until March 29th through the SAFE Auction Facebook group. Anyone who is not on Facebook can see the top bids on our online document, and can make bids by contacting email@example.com.
On Tuesday, February 27, a crowd gathered for the SAFE annual general meeting and to hear a keynote presentation by CBC reporter Natasha Fatah. Fatah, known for her column Minority Report, gave her presentation over Skype on the heart-wrenching stories of refugees all over the world who seek asylum in Canada. Her presentation covered experiences throughout the world, but also touched on the ongoing crisis in Syria, and commented on the particularly difficult situations that women face. She wrapped up by praising the work that SAFE and other groups in Canada have done, and encouraged the continuation of such work.
In addition to the keynote, the meeting included some general updates on the work SAFE has done the past year, information about the committees, and a chance to try wearing a hijab! The addition of sweet treats made by Rabiaa Al Zhouri made for a very memorable evening.