Community launches sanctuary appeal for refugees
Jun 18 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
SPORTS people and musicians together with faith and community groups will celebrate the launch of a refugee appeal next week.
They will gather at Lord Street Methodist Mission to start Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary (HTOS) – a campaign to make the town a more welcoming place for people who have fled war andpersecution.
The event is next Thursday, June 24, at 6.30pm.
HTOS hopes to create a network of local organisations, including community groups, sports and social clubs to welcome refugees.
HTOS chairman James Bar Bowen said: “We know many local people have been very welcoming and understanding towards people who have been sent to live in Huddersfield by the Home Office.
“However, we know some of those who have fled from places like Darfur, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Burma fear prejudice and hostility.
“They are worried they may face racism if they join our sports clubs, our music groups, our faith groups and our allotment societies – all the things that make Huddersfield a vibrant, lively place to live.
“We think that those fears are exaggerated. Huddersfield is a really welcoming place, but we need local groups to join up. We need them to say, ‘If you’ve come to Huddersfield fleeing persecution or war, you are welcome to try out for our football team, your child is welcome in my parent and toddler group, you are welcome to come and volunteer for our charity.’
For further information visit: www.cityofsanctuary.com/huddersfield or call 07982 079451.