Sanctuary walk offers support to refugees
A sponsored walk highlighting the plight of refugees is to help provide educational opportunities for displaced people in Scotland.
The two-day walk, which includes an overnight camp, is being organised by the University’s Chaplaincy. It will take place on 3 and 4 June.
The walk will evoke the journey of refugees by travelling on foot and by boat to reach a place of sanctuary.
The funds raised will support scholars and students who are refugees and under humanitarian protection.
Participants will walk from Edinburgh to the 12th century St Bridget's Kirk at Dalgety Bay, Fife.
After camping overnight, they will sail to Inchcolm Abbey in the Firth of Forth, before returning to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
The University – through the work of Edinburgh Global – has been recognised as a University of Sanctuary and this will be officially acknowledged at the event at the Parliament.
Among the speakers will be Vice Principal International Prof James Smith, Student Action for Refugees (STAR) President Johanna Harley and a Syrian alumnus of the University, Dr Amer Masri.
The Chaplaincy invites students, staff and the wider community to take part in the walk.
To participate, please register via the Sanctuary Walk for Refugees ePay page.
People can donate to the project through the JustGiving page.
Latest updates for the event can be found on the STAR and Sanctuary walk for refugees Facebook page.
Edinburgh has a long history of welcoming those in need of safety, whether from war, poverty or – more recently – as a result of the refugee crisis.
The University is working to provide refugees in Edinburgh with a range of educational support. This includes basic English classes and admission on to undergraduate courses.
The event is also supported by Edinburgh University Students' Association and student groups including STAR and the Amnesty International Society.