A group from Highgate Has Heart took part in the Refugees Welcome March in London on September 17th. Tens of thousands from all over the country came to express their support for welcoming refugees into the UK, chanting. "Say it loud, Say it clear, Refugees are welcome here." We were proud to hear Juliet Stevenson giving one of the keynote speeches in Parliament Square, along with Alf Dubs, the actor Douglas Booth and an 8-year old refugee boy rescued from near-suffocation after a terrifying transit from Calais in the back of a lorry.
Highgate Has Heart raised nearly £500 in a fund-raising boot camp which took place at Highgate Woods on Saturday 17th. A hearty thanks to James Hutchinson and Nick Palma, owners of pH7, a personal training studio on Archway Road for giving up their time to run the session and leading us through some challenging but fun exercises aimed at all ages and levels. There was great feedback and everyone seemed to have a fun time, even though there were a few sore bodies the next day!
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A year ago the tragic image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s drowned body on a Turkish beach shocked the world. 100,000 marched in London to tell our Government that we want to welcome refugees in the UK, to stop this desperate loss of life and to help refugees build a new life.
A year on, world leaders will meet in New York to discuss the refugee crisis at a crucial summit with Theresa May attending to represent Britain’s position. That’s why people from all over Britain will be taking to London’s streets on September 17 in order to send a strong #RefugeesWelcome message to our Government. This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our Government and the world that Britain is ready to welcome more refugees. HighgateHasHeart, our friends and supporters, will be standing alongside refugee and human rights charities, community groups from across the country and individuals who simply care, to call on the public and the government to show their support for refugees.
PLEASE JOIN US
Start: Join the march meeting point at 12.30 on the southbound carriageway on Park Lane. The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch.
For those who are local and want to join us, we will meet before at 11.45 at Archway tube and will head to Park Lane.
Finish: The route will take us to Parliament Square, where there will be with music and speeches at around 3pm until 5pm
WHY WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW
Since the public outcry a year ago, the refugee situation has deteriorated and it’s getting more urgent and desperate as each day passes. The refugee numbers in Europe have increased and there is no sign that the situation will improve. The situation in the Calais jungle has reached crisis point, with unacceptable conditions, food supplies and basic provisions running out, and most worryingly, the threat of an imminent demolition by French authorities, without any clear plan in place
Last year the Government pledged to accept 20,000 vulnerable refugees from Syria and in May under the Dubs Amendment, pledged to take up to 3,000 unaccompanied children who are right now at risk in France, Greece and Italy. To date only about 200 Syrian refugees have been resettled here and NO children have been so far resettled under the Dubs amendment. There are currently 608 unaccompanied child refugees in Calais, of which 170 have been identified as having the legal right to be in the UK because they have family here (Dublin 3 children). Under the Citizens UK “Safe Passage” scheme, about 50 so far have been transferred and another 35 live cases underway. The administrative process is painfully slow and beset with bureaucracy, while these children languish in dire circumstances often for 6 months for each live case.
We hope you will take part in the march on Saturday to show that you care and that we feel that doing nothing is not an option. We want to tell the government that we are here to help. The UK should be doing its fair share in this crisis and working with other countries to give refugees safe, legal routes to asylum, ending the trade in human trafficking and other exploitation of basic human rights.
That’s why it’s vital that you join us on 17 September and encourage your friends to do the same. Public pressure and solidarity make a difference.
Please tell your friends and family about the march and tweet about it #WeStandWithYou
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Highgate Has Heart attended the screening at Prince Charles cinema in London of a new film directed by Vanessa Redgrave, "Sea Sorrow", which highlights the plight and courage of refugees. The film, in aid of UNHRC, is both harrowing and educational. It opens with agonising footage of refugees being rescued from an overcrowded boat on the open sea and includes interviews and historical footage that sets the current refugee crisis in a meaningful historical context. There is also poetry, Shakespeare and letters with contributions from Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and others. The screening was followed by a fascinating Q&A with Alf Dubs, Terry Waite, Kirsty Brimelow QC, and others. The film is nearly finished - a "polished rough cut" as it was described by Vanessa. We hope to organise a screening for Highgate Has Heart once it's completed. A must-see!
Highgate Has Heart attended the first conference for all groups in the UK which support the resettlement of refugees into local communities. Organised by Citizens UK, it was a mega-gathering of 450+ from the outer reaches of Scotland to Cornwall to unite and inspire local groups to share knowledge, network and create action plans. We looked at what we have collectively achieved and what needs to be done. In both cases a great deal. There were contributions from Citizens UK, Refugee Action, the all-Parliamentary Group on Refugees, the Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Birmingham City Council and Migrants Organise. We attended the Community Sponsorship led by Kate Carr of Home Office Resettlement Team, Neil Jameson of Citizens UK and Tim Finch. We gathered facts and insights on how we could get such a scheme off the ground and what's involved. This is a tangible way we can help in our communities and the Home Office seem to be behind it.
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Help raise money for Refugees causes by taking part in HighgateHasHeart’s Exercise in the Park on Saturday 17 September between 10am and 10.45am. The session, which begins at 10am, will be run by James Hutchison and Nick Palma, owners of pH7, a personal training studio on Archway Road.
No matter what your fitness level, join your friends and neighbours for some fun in the park. Children are welcome. The cost of the session is £10 for adults and children over 15 and £5 for children. All money raised will go to HighgateHasHeart. Sponsorship forms are available for children if they want to raise additional money:
To register, click on our fundraising page and donate £10 per person (£5 per child) at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/highgatehasheart or contact email@example.com. You can pay on the day but please do email if you are coming.
All money raised from sponsorship can be handed in on the day.
Please meet in Highgate Woods on the field at 9.45am for a 10am start.
Our project has got off the ground and we are having our inaugural fund-raising and awareness-raising event on 21st June. if you are interested to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org