Monday, 29 July 2013


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Faiths come together for Syria appeal
A toy collection is being held for children affected by the conflict in Syria.
Sharen Ravat, chaplaincy service manager at Leicester College, will be holding a drop-in session for members of the public to hand over unwanted or unused toys on Sunday, August 4, from 1pm to 5pm at St Philip's Church in Evington Road, Leicester.
Many different faith communities have already pledged support, including Leicester Islamic Centre, Leicester Cathedral, Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara and the Sikh Cultural and Welfare Society.
The toys will be given to the UK charity Hand in Hand for Syria, which will then distribute them at hospitals in the war-torn country.
Sharen said: "I decided to organise the campaign after being touched by the plight of children in Syria, many of whom have lost their loved ones, been injured, made homeless or just lost hope.
"The UN has already said that the Syrian refugee crisis is the worst since Rwanda with an average of 6,000 people fleeing every day.
"I am hoping that by offering toys to children, it puts an immediate smile on their faces."
For more information, call Sharen on 07919 290 313.

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