Com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to aid So­ma­lia fam­ily


The fundrais­ing and aware­ness ef­fort through the fall were very suc­cess­ful and they con­tinue. How­ever, so does the bu­reau­cratic bat­tle to bring St. F.X. nurs­ing stu­dent Farhiyo Salah’s sis­ters and their chil­dren to Nova Sco­tia as they re­main in a refugee camp in Kenya.

St. Ninian Parish’s Cana­di­ans Ac­cept­ing Refugees Ev­ery­where (CARE) com­mu­ni­ca­tions chair Marg Macisaac pro­vided an up­date Dec. 12.

“We’re truck­ing on,” Macisaac said. “Our fundraiser with the yard sale went ex­tremely well; we made more than $1,200. Farhiyo’s talk at the li­brary also went ex­tremely well; there were about 40 peo­ple there, it was very well-re­ceived. A num­ber of peo­ple stayed af­ter­wards to talk to her. In fact, I had a cou­ple of peo­ple who gave me di­rect do­na­tions.”

Macisaac said the Antigo­nish Lions Club re­cently held one of their pan­cake break­fast events with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the ef­fort and an­other ma­jor fundraiser – a diner – is planned for Fe­bru­ary.

“We have peo­ple very in­ter­ested in her, her story, her goal,” Macisaac said. “The Gofundme ac­count is grow­ing… one fam­ily was send­ing a chal­lenge out to mem­bers of their fam­ily to con­trib­ute money to this cause as a Christ­mas ef­fort.”

Macisaac said the com­mit­tee has grown with more aware­ness as well.

“We have more peo­ple ac­tively in­ter­ested in do­ing things … it’s very pos­i­tive,” she said. “It’s a good cause, she is a won­der­ful per­son, and we would cer­tainly like to help her out.”


St. F.X. nurs­ing stu­dent Farhiyo Salah, a refugee from So­ma­lia, hopes a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion can help her re­unite with her two sis­ters still liv­ing in a refugee camp in Kenya.

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