New Brunswick is about to celebrate its’ first Family Day and what better way to celebrate than to help bring a new Canadian to our country? Noor Ogli (on the left above) is a Syrian Law student who was very close to graduation when the attacks ended her education and caused her to flee her home. She has been trying ever sense to make her way to Canada where she has established some friendships and an official sponsor. Last year we held a run that helped move the process along and Nour, her mother and brother have been through the official interviews and are identified as candidates to come to Canada this spring. The sponsor need some more help to have everything ready for this great family. Noor is currently in Turkey and already trying to study Canadian Law.
On Feb 19 we invite you to join us in a 5-km event to raise money to help make this dream a reality. To avoid the risks of winter travel, the plan is that you can do this with your friends and family in your own neighborhood, on your treadmills, on your snowshoes or skis… whatever works for you.
That evening at 7:00 pm we will have an on-line get together with her friend Zoe Caddell (on the right above) from Rothesay who spent time on-site in Greece and other locations helping with refugees seeking safety. We even hope that Noor herself will join us on the webinar. An amazing way to learn what it is really like to be a refugee from a war torn country. A great educational opportunity for your family.
It’s easy to join us. Just go to the link below and register, then do 5-km on Feb 19 any way that works for you, it can even be a relay with the entire family running a portion. You will receive a link to join us that evening at 7:00 on-line to learn more about this opportunity to give a brand new Canadian Family the hope to be here for the next Family Day.
BACKGROUND ON NOOR
Desperate for a brighter future and the right support, Noor’s dream is to walk and study again!
Noor, a university educated Palestinian Syrian, fled Damascus 4 years ago, with her mother Amal and brother Ahmad, to Lebanon and then to Turkey. They attempted the dangerous crossing to Europe from Turkey, because Noor, who is wheelchair-bound, needs medical attention.
Before the war, Noor was studying Law at Damascus University. She was in her final year with 4 subjects remaining and planned to specialize in criminal law. Noor had plans to be a judge or work in the UN. She was engaged to be married. Life was good, until missiles were fired into her university – then everything changed.
Noor was at the university when the missiles hit. She saw her friends fly through the air and witnessed the death of many. The shock caused a nervous system break down. The doctors said Noor’s condition was complicated and very rare. An infection started to destroy her nerve structures. Noor had no access to medical help and her body weakened. She became wheelchair-bound as her feet contracted.
Desperate to change her life, Noor came to Turkey to make the dangerous crossing to Greece by boat. Three failed attempts were made. In one attempt the driver of the boat hit rocks and the boat sank. Noor lost her passport, her medical reports, all her clothes and belongings. Helpless and with only a flimsy life jacket, she feared for her life.
In Turkey, Noor has next to no support for her disability. Noor yearns to walk again and finish her studies. With proper medical care she can fulfill her dream in Canada. She’s a brilliant, diplomatic, trilingual young woman, with an infectious sense of humour.