Media release: #WalkLikeARefugee campaigners to walk from Toronto to Niagara to raise funds for stranded refugees

#WalkLikeARefugee campaigners to walk from Toronto to Niagara to raise funds for stranded refugees

Group has already sponsored one family, hopes to use social media and live blog of 125 km walk to rescue another

TORONTO, Ontario – 16 September, 2016 Westside Refugee Response announces #WalkLikeARefufee, a fundraising event to save lives and symbolically emulate the journey faced by thousands of displaced people daily.

On October 1st, 2016, Westside founders Elizabeth Bromstein and David Jager will set out on foot with their three-year-old daughter to walk the 125 kilometers from Toronto to Niagara.

The family will live blog their trek online and via social media with text and video posts using the hashtag #WalkLikeARefugee. Followers are invited to comment, ask real-time questions, literally join the walk, or offer help in the form of food, water, a place to spend the night, or – most importantly – donations to the fundraising campaign.

Westside Refugee Response raised money to bring one displaced Syrian family to Canada earlier this year, but they are in touch with many other families desperate to escape from dire situations. The #WalkLikeARefugee initiative is collecting funds to rescue two more Syrian refugees currently stranded in the UAE under the constant threat of deportation back to a warzone and possible detention and torture at the hands of a brutal regime.

“We’ve raised some money, but it isn’t going as fast as we need it to,” said West Side Refugee founder Elizabeth Bromstein. “People are starting to experience ‘crisis fatigue’ over the Syrian refugee situation, but thousands still need our help. We know this walk won’t compare to the hardships they’re facing, but we’re hoping to at least generate some renewed attention to the cause by emulating the experience as closely as is reasonably possible.”

About Westside Refugee Response

Founded in 2015, Westside Refugee Response held fundraising events and sponsored a displaced Syrian family stranded in Turkey to come to Canada. Led by Elizabeth Bromstein, David Jager, Terry Dellaportas, Mary Zondanos, and Andrew Laing, Westside Refugee Response continues to raise funds and awareness to help families in need across the world find safety in Canada.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with Elizabeth Bromstein, please contact:

Peter Harris
Yackler Inc.
416 529-2227

For more information or to donate to the #WalkLikeARefugee campaign, please visit: