Crowd­fund­ing Cam­paign For Syr­ian Refugee Fam­ily Has Its Roots At Bishop’s Univer­sity

Stanstead Journal - - LEN NOXVILLE NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Dr.Mur­ray, the Dean of the Fac­ulty of Arts and Sci­ence at Bishop’s Univer­sity, is launch­ing a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to save a Syr­ian fam­ily trapped in the war-torn coun­try.

Dr. Mur­ray first met the Edelby fam­ily when she vis­ited Syria in 2010. She be­friended the el­dest son, Ge­orge, dur­ing a tour. Since then, the coun­try has spi­raled into a years-long civil war that has cre­ated the big­gest refugee cri­sis since the Sec­ond World War.

‘‘Ge­orge, his fa­ther and his sis­ter are cur­rently liv­ing in Aleppo,’’ says Dr. Mur­ray. ‘‘They are des­per­ately look­ing for a way to leave the coun­try and come to Canada. My goal for this cam­paign is to raise $40,000, which would cover the cost of travel, shel­ter, food and set­tle­ment in Canada for the first year.’’

Dr. Mur­ray is call­ing on peo­ple in the East­ern Town­ships com­mu­nity to raise funds for the cam­paign.

Dr. Mur­ray launched her cam­paign dur­ing a teachin ses­sion on the con­flict in Syria, which was open to all stu­dents on cam­pus. Stu­dents learned about the causes of the on­go­ing war in Syria, ISIS and how the war is af­fect­ing the Syr­ian peo­ple, as well as the coun­try’s im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal legacy. Stu­dents also heard from Ge­orge Edelby di­rectly thanks to a live we­b­cast.

‘‘I urge ev­ery­one – stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, alumni, and the peo­ple in Sher­brooke – to be gen­er­ous and par­tic­i­pate in this cam­paign. Like so many fam­i­lies stuck in Syria, Ge­orge’s fam­ily needs our help to leave the coun­try and start over.’’

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Bishop’s Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Dr. Mur­ray has started a cam­paign to bring this Syr­ian fam­ily to Canada to start a new life.

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