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The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the greatest challenges of this decade. The community of Antigonish has responded by forming SAFE, a non-profit group which will provide care 2 Syrian refugees when they arrive in 2-3 weeks.

SAFE reached out to StFX this past Monday by requesting donations and volunteer services which will help the families adjust.

“We want to raise $100 000,” says Lucille, a SAFE representative. This $100 000 would be used to settle either a third family, or extended family members in the coming months. $100 000 is a large sum, until it’s divided by the 5 000 or so members of the StFX community, then becomes $20/ person. This isn’t difficult and would certainly follow StFX’s tradition of helping those less fortunate (i.e. Moses Coady leading the Antigonish movement during the depression).

Maybe your aid will come through alternative ways such as tutoring the children. Maybe that’s by going to SAFE meetings and what brainstorming what issues these families face in adjusting to life in Canada. Maybe it’s simply practicing our social skills by saying ‘hi’ and being friendly when we see them.

There are many ways to get involved. Donations can be made to SAFE at its account at the Credit Union. Tax receipts will not be given as SAFE is still applying for charitable status. Rotary Interact is already involved, if you wish to contact them. A new society “StFX for SAFE” is being led by Emma Greer, who can be contacted at To directly contact SAFE, please e-mail 

Happy Holidays!