Mayor Nenshi told Calgarians they need to welcome refugees with open arms, and a new initiative aims to do just that.
Open Arms YYC was launched as a counter narrative to “the hateful discourse that has surfaced in response to Syrian refugees” coming to the city, according to the group’s Facebook page.
Anyone can participate in the initiative. Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says #OpenArmsYYC, donate to Doctors Without Borders, and nominate three friends to do the same.
People have been posting their photos to social media since the initiative was launched in late November.
— Lisa Marie (@lsmrwhttnghm) November 30, 2015
— Natasha Myette (@natashamyette) November 27, 2015
Another amazing campaign started by some Mount Royal students! This one is focused on creating a welcoming Canada for refugees. Your campus Peer Diversity educators would like to show support! Like Open Arms YYC on Facebook to see their work! @openarmsyyc #mrulife #openarmsyyc #yyc #welcomerefugees A photo posted by Peer Diversity MRU (@mrupeerdiversity) on
Hello lovely people of instagram! My classmates and I have created a FB page in regards to fundraising and creating awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis. The link to the page is: https://m.facebook.com/openarmsyyc/?ref=m_notif¬if_t=like Lets spread the word ❤️️ #openarmsyyc #yyc #mayornenshi @nenshi
The movement was started by a group of Mount Royal University students. It was originally supposed to be localized on campus, but the movement quickly spread beyond to Calgary.
“With the environment right now, it’s not just about people fleeing their homes, but people fleeing their homes and not everyone is ready for the medical expenses,” MRU student Desdemona Lunz told Metro News.
“We’ve seen the pictures on social media, and this organization just does a wonderful job in providing that much needed relief.”
The group has already surpassed their fundraising goal of $2,500. At the time of publication, the group has raised $3,342.20 for Doctors Without Borders.
If you want to donate to #OpenArmsYYC, click here.