Emergency collection in Derry for Syrian refugee crisis

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

An emergency collection in aid of the Syrian refugee crisis will take place this weekend in the Millennium Forum in Derry.

It has been organised by the local Concern Worldwide support group to help the humanitarian agency as it works with tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in the country.

Michael McDaid, a member of the Concern support group said: “The people of Derry have generously supported our emergency appeals in the past, and we expect a big response this time.

“One of the most effective ways to help is through agencies like Concern, who have been meeting the needs of tens of thousands of people affected by the fighting in Syria, since 2013.

“Concern has provided vital emergency supplies such as food, clean water, hygiene kits and shelter to families displaced by war within Syria. They are also responding to the needs of Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon and Turkey.”

Local people will have opportunity to donate to the appeal at a collection point in the Forum on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September between 10:00am and 6:00pm.

You can help now by texting SYRIA to 70800 to donate £5, or you can donate online: www.concern.net/syria