Last night I was proud to stand with ten thousand others in Hyde Park, Sydney and light a candle in honour of all those who have struggled to seek safety.
The event also called on the Australian government to increase our humanitarian intake to include a fair proportion of the vulnerable thousands fleeing Syria. My best friend Natasha brought her beautiful 4 month old baby along and we set up camp with our pram and tealights on the grassy knoll of Hyde Park South amongst many other families.
Unfortunately we couldn’t well hear the speakers but just seeing everyone come together in a mood of hopeful solemnity was wonderful. It was hard not to be overwhelmed when passing the candle-filled shrine made for Aylan Kurdi, the young boy made famous in that photo. If you couldn’t make it, check out my photos and let me know what you think. I hope we can do better for the many thousands of refugees fleeing Syria (and other places around the world!) and I think direct, community-based action like this can really help.