THREE friends have set up a charity to raise money to help the people of Syria which is currently in the midst of violent conflict.
Syrian born Ebrahim, who does not want to give his surname for fear of reprisals against family in his home country, Sean Brearton and Joseph Bird, all Year 12 students at Heysham High Sports College, together with a German exchange student Philipp Von De Wippel, want to raise awareness of the human tragedy and suffering of the people in Syria and are aiming to raise as much cash as possible to help those who are desperately in need of aid.
Ebrahim said: “People are being taken into detention and tortured, some are electrocuted and have their fingernails pulled out.
“We presented a project in school which included a five minute video made by Sean, which includes graphic images of dead children.
“Everyone was moved by the video.”
Sean said: “We had to spread awareness by showing the video in all assemblies and letting people know what is happening.”
There has already been a school dance held for the charity, called Together We Can – For Syria, which raised £300.
The trio are also planning bag packs and non-uniform days and a charity run in Lancaster.
The threesome are collecting signatures for a petition to be presented to Parliament.
Joseph said: “There hasn’t been much response from the international community and not much is being done but we can help.”
Visit the Together We Can –For Syria Facebook page to join the group.
To sign the petition which has to have signatures by May 20, pop into the school. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All money raised by the charity goes to The Red Cross.