Online campaign pledges more than 6,000 Irish beds to refugees

Online campaign pledges more than 6,000 Irish beds to refugees

An online campaign to offer support to refugees caught up in the current crisis has collected 6,090 bed pledges from all over Ireland in the last two days.

Volunteer group Uplift.ie began a campaign on Wednesday shortly before images of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi were publicised, showing him drowned on a beach in Turkey.

Online campaign pledges more than 6,000 Irish beds to refugees

“The platform was already there when the pictures came out to provide a voice to people (shocked by the images),” said Uplift director Siobhan O’Donoghue.

Pledges have been received from all over the country, with 28 of the 32 counties represented up to 5pm yesterday.

Siobhan said they had been delighted with the response to the campaign, in which supporters can click to pledge a bed to a refugee as a gesture of solidarity. The pledges are not concrete commitments to provide lodging, but Siobhan said it may have the potential to deveop into that.

“If ever that came to fruition, it would need to be administered properly which is probably a role for the State,” she said.

“The campaign proves the willingness to help is there - it’s showing our Government that.”

Uplift was set up nine months ago to give a voice to people who want action on a range of issues.It has 30,000 members.

More on this topic

WATCH: Camerawoman sacked after tripping fleeing refugeesWATCH: Camerawoman sacked after tripping fleeing refugees

Hillary Clinton: Global effort needed to help refugeesHillary Clinton: Global effort needed to help refugees

Confusion remains around numbers of refugees expected in Ireland

Angry migrants march on BudapestAngry migrants march on Budapest


More in this Section

Barrister likens case to a 'Netflix movie' after man denies accident claim is a 'massive fraud'Barrister likens case to a 'Netflix movie' after man denies accident claim is a 'massive fraud'

DUP accuses Boris Johnson of losing his nerveDUP accuses Boris Johnson of losing his nerve

Agriculture Department staff suffered 'abusive and intimidating behaviour' from protestersAgriculture Department staff suffered 'abusive and intimidating behaviour' from protesters

Student appeared 'upset and in a state of shock', nurse tells rape trial Student appeared 'upset and in a state of shock', nurse tells rape trial


Lifestyle

Sexual politics, snideput-downs and family rivalries are fuelling the trouble brewing in a small Midlands town.Charlie Murphy and Pat Shortt star in new Irish film 'Dark lies the Island'

Robert Hume tells of the eccentric MP for Athboy, Co. Meath – born 300 years ago this month – who thought he was a teapot, and was afraid his spout might break off.A strange brew of a man: The MP for Meath who believed he was a teapot

Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will meet on Monday at 8pm in Garryvoe Hotel.Gardening Notes: Your one-stop guide to the week's events

Don’t forget to lavish roses with the attention they deserve this winter, urges Hannah StephensonDon’t forget to lavish roses with the attention they deserve this winter

More From The Irish Examiner