Simon Hart MP has joined fellow MPs at the launch of Singing for Syrians 2016 – a series of carol concerts aimed at raising money for the war-torn country.
At the event, Mr Hart found out more about what he can do to encourage constituents to get involved in any way they can. Whether it's organising their own event or even just passing a bucket around at a pre-planned carol concert, every little helps.
The flagship Parliamentary concert will take place in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on Tuesday 13 December 2016. All money raised will go to fund medical teams on the ground in Aleppo and to prosthetic limb clinics in the region. It is currently estimated that over 50,000 Syrians are amputees in urgent need of treatment.
Last year £90,000 was raised at the event with the support of match-funding from the Department for International Development. Over 300 people came to St Margaret's to sing carols and show their support. Unfortunately the need is even greater this year so it is hoped that this will become a nationwide initiative.
Mr Hart said: "Singing for Syrians is a fantastic initiative that I am very proud to support. It is a positive way of helping Syria's most vulnerable people, whose lives have been ruined by the civil war.
"Paying the salaries of the brave medical staff who risk everything to provide life-saving treatment is one way that we can make a real difference to the victims of this terrible crisis. I would encourage everyone to get involved as much or as little as they can. Singing together is a joyful way to express our solidarity and to take a hopeful stance against the horrors of terrorism."For more information on the Singing for Syrians initiative, please go to http://www.singingforsyrians.com
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