Refugee group seeks help for Syrian family

The family is expected to arrive within the next 18 months

A refugee support group is asking Victoria and Esquimalt residents to consider a different kind of gift giving this Christmas.

The Victoria Refugee Sponsorship Group is working to raise funds to sponsor a Syrian refugee family’s first Christmas in the Capital.

The group is running an online crowd-funding campaign where donors “buy” an item the family will need in their first year. Donors receive a certificate with details of their donation that they can give a friend or family member for the holidays.

Donations will go directly to the mother, father and three young children to cover their costs as they settle in Victoria,

The family has been sheltering in Turkey since August 2013, when they fled their home in Syria to escape escalating conflict.

The family is expected to arrive within the next 18 months, and funds for their first year in Canada must be raised by then. The estimated living expenses for a family of five in Victoria is $38,000.

For more information, please go online to faezagroup.com.

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria Fire Department advises cigarette safety after two fires started in one week

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

VicPD faces ‘significant pressure’ following Victoria’s 2019 budget decision

Chief Const. Del Manak says council continues to micromanage his department

28 years later: Dunahee disappearance remains largest investigation in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Saanich could become the new home of the world’s largest gnome

Galey Farms could find out Tuesday whether it will host the eight-metre-tall structure

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Jr. B Cougars advance to both league finals and provincials

Victoria beats Nanaimo 4-3 in Game 6 Friday night to win series

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

Most Read