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WILL YOU STAND #WITHSYRIA?

Be part of a global movement to help end the crisis

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney standing #WithSyria. Shin Armitage/Act for Peace

Join the global movement to end the violence by holding a candle light vigil in your church or community and help shine a light of hope!

The crisis in Syria has raged for three years and vulnerable people, particularly women and children, are facing unimaginable suffering. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 11,000 children. This needs to stop. Ordinary Syrians just want to live in peace.

That’s why Act for Peace supporters are joining with Adventist Relief and Development Agency, Amnesty International, CARE, Caritas, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision Australia to stand #WithSyria this March.  

Vigils will be held from around the world from Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to Washington DC. Please help us light up the night and make the global vigil’s message resonate around the world.

For information on how to hold your own vigil see below or visit www.with-syria.org.

If you live in Melbourne, please join the vigil on the 3rd anniversary of the crisis on Friday 14th March at Fed Square.

EVENT DETAILS:
Friday 14 March 2014
Federation Square, Main Stage (Corner Swanston and Flinders Sts, Melbourne)
7.30-8.30pm

Event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/272781516215160/

When holding your vigil make sure you send a message to Australia’s leaders to stand with #WithSyria and do all they can to end the appalling suffering by signing the campaign action calling on the Australian government to meet humanitarian needs, help end the bloodshed and support inclusive peace talks.

It’s not about taking any side in the conflict, but standing with the millions of Syrian children, women and men who are struggling each day to survive this crisis. 

Download petition forms here and send them in to Act for Peace, Level 7, 379 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

This is a joint campaign supported by Act for Peace, Adventist Relief and Development Agency, Amnesty International, CARE, Caritas, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision Australia.

How to put on a vigil

Please send your vigil photos to Act for Peace at info@actforpeace.org.au and we will upload them to Twitter, Facebook and Flickr to be part of the global movement to help end the crisis.

What is a vigil?

A #WithSyria vigil is a group of people standing together, shining a light in solidarity with the people of Syria. It is not about taking any side in the conflict, but standing with the millions of Syrian children, women, and men who are struggling each day to survive this crisis.

When should the vigil take place?

Vigils will ideally take place at sunset on the 13th March but can also take place on any Sunday in March.

Who should participate?

It will be important that as many people from your congregation as possible to participate, including children. You can also encourage local celebrities, political representatives, and other faith leaders to join.

Where should the vigil take place?

Vigils can preferably take place inside your church during your Sunday service or outside a local or national monument in the evening, but vigils can take place anywhere.

Assemble your vigil in a location where it is possible to create a photograph showing the entire building as well as the people attending the vigil.

In countries where the #WithSyria coalition have organised the illumination of a landmark building (this will be in Russia, US, UK, France and Jordan – exact locations to be confirmed) vigils can take place near these and ideally will form part of the illumination.

What should the vigil look like?

The vigil should be as striking as possible to ensure that we’re able to produce compelling images that can be used for social and traditional media. To do this you can use a few different tactics:

a) Use different kinds of light
Candlelit vigils are simple and can be organised anywhere. We also encourage the use of illuminated red LED balloons in your vigil. You might also want to use light pens, flashlights, mobile phones or sparklers (taking the necessary environmental and safety precautions!).

b) Write a message at your vigil
You can write a message with candles and/or people holding them. This creates something which is instantly photogenic and can create a powerful image. This could be #WITHSYRIA, the campaign’s hashtag, or simply WITH SYRIA.

c) Colour and scale
Another way to create a visually compelling image is to use a large number of candles, of different colours, or use mirrors, and other colourful objects. The examples show that close-ups of children beside candles can work really well. Sometimes the best picture will be with just one child.