Monday, March 21, 2016

#SafeRoutesSaveLives: Action Week 2016


STAR Action Week 2016 was all about our #SafeRoutesSaveLives campaign! Our STAR groups made 3,772 paper boats to go along with our petition to call on the UK to save lives by providing safe routes to protection for refugees.

Action Week events

STAR student groups all over the UK threw events all week to raise awareness for #SafeRoutesSaveLives! From our group at University of Derby doing a die-in, to Cardiff University who threw a Refugee Rhythms music night, to our eight other uni groups who screened A Syrian Love Story on their campuses, we had our biggest week yet!

We also had a successful Thunderclap on 7 March, which reached more than 430,000 people through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts of those who signed up to push for signing the petition. We’d like to thank the British Red Cross for their support for our Thunderclap and petition, too!

3,772 paper boats

One of the main goals during Action Week for our STAR groups was to fold a total of 3,772 origami boats- one for every refugee who died crossing the Mediterranean in 2015- that we could take to David Cameron along with our petition for #SafeRoutesSaveLives in order to demonstrate the magnitude of the refugee crisis.

We want to give a huge shout out to our group at University of Surrey, who made over 900 boats, and also to Angela Ruskin University, who made 550 boats!

Our visit to 10 Downing Street


After we collected all the boats made from our groups, we took as many as we could fit into those five file boxes to 10 Downing Street on 17 March. We also brought along our petition, which our groups had got signatures for both online and in person.

We received a total of 2,606 signatures for our #SafeRoutesSaveLives petition. Awesome!

Posted by STAR team on 21/03/2016 at 01:42 PM