Friday 9 June 2023

Walk with Amal, Luminato Festival 2023, Toronto, ON

I volunteered with the Luminato Festival this evening on The Walk with Amal

We started at the Rogers Centre and hundreds of people followed us to Harbourfront!

“A refugee child arrives in Toronto all by herself looking for her mother and a home. What should we do?

Let’s welcome Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, who has travelled through 13 countries to 90 cities across Turkey, Europe and New York City. She arrived in Toronto on June 7. She will walk across the region for 5 days looking for hope and her new home. She will be welcomed by musicians, dancers, children and elders, civic leaders, community organizers, newcomers, fellow refugees and you in a journey of art and hope.

Greet her, walk with her, offer words of wisdom and cheers of encouragement. See the world through the eyes of a child who was forced to leave her war-torn home. On behalf of displaced children everywhere, she asks that we take note, offer support and hear her message to the world: Don’t forget about us.

Amal’s visit to Toronto will be a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

And here we, the volunteers, at Harbourfront are once Amal left.

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