The video includes refugees, school children, teachers, and First Nations. As the original welcomers of us all, First Nations play a prominent role in the video. “We wanted to tell this story from a uniquely Canadian perspective,” said Thorn. “First Nations started the welcoming tradition, and we have the opportunity to pay it forward.”
The project is getting support from Karim and Dora Nasser, Lebanese immigrants from Saskatoon who have family members in Syria. They will donate up to $100,000 to support Syrian refugees in Canada, by matching money raised through downloads of the song. The money will be distributed through Canadian Red Cross/Red Crescent. “We understand the struggles these refugees are leaving behind and the challenges yet to come,” said Karim Nasser. “Supporting them through this song is simply inviting everyone to share in helping the refugees.”
Mr. and Mrs. Nasser also donated $10 thousand dollars to Saskatoon-based refugee organizations, Global Gathering Place and Saskatoon Open Door Society.
“We are so grateful for this generous gift,” said Afton Tolley, program manager with Global Gathering Place. “We will use the money to give our refugees more tools and opportunities, to help them make Saskatoon their home.”
We have raised more than $42,000 so far! Matching donations up to $100,000
For More Information Contact:
Cynthia Block – Block Communications